We rely on doctors and nurses who have a whole range of medical skills which keeps our bodies going.
Most of us who are drivers rely on SATNAV in our cars. We rely on the voice directing us from our home to where we need to get to (and back).
We rely on the expertise of technicians to keep electricity, gas and water coming into our homes.
If all the supports that we have were taken away, we would soon flounder! Don’t we all get rather grumpy when any of our supports fail?
Today is Bible Sunday which calls us to consider what the Bible means to us. There’s a verse in Isaiah chapter 55, verse 11 where God is saying:
‘So shall my Word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.’
It made me wonder how much we rely on God’s word? I have counted 17(!) bibles on my study shelf!! I must be so holy and so reliant on the Lord. Aren’t you all impressed—17 bibles! No?
Of course, they are very little use to me when they are just paper and ink. They are only of spiritual or practical use when I read them. Bibles that sit on our shelves are like God’s word returning to Him empty. If we leave our bibles on the shelf we too become empty. Sadly there are a large number of Christians walking around with empty hearts and lives.
But if we do read our Bibles, how many times a week do we read them? To be honest, it doesn’t matter how many times we read them, because if they are not received into our hearts and minds then they ‘will not succeed in the things for which God sent it’.
Bible reading without the understanding and purposes of the Holy Spirit is simply academic. But the Holy Spirit writes on our hearts and minds the purposes of God—for us, for our lives and for those we meet. When the Holy Spirit is involved in our Bible reading then we can be assured that this is ‘God’s word that goes out of His mouth . . . and it shall not return to Him empty’.
We can rely on God’s word for all conditions of our lives and others; for all our hopes and fears, and for all we meet. Whatever our situation God has a word for us that we can always rely on.