it is for hearing and telling
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Psalm 119:129-152, Luke 8:4-21, Luke 11:27-28, Romans 10:17
Text: Psalm 119:129-152, Luke 8:4-21, Luke 11:27-28, Romans 10:17
Time in the Word doesn’t always feel natural or especially urgent, does it? Sometimes I walk away feeling unchanged. But, the thing we know from Isaiah 55:11 is that Scripture doesn’t return void. God is always producing fruit when we’re in the Word. We know we are to hear it and take it in.
Now, the times I’ve seen most spiritual growth in my own life are when I’m convinced that God’s truth is the only thing I have to cling to. It is like Psalm 119:130-131 says:
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.
All I long for is intimacy with God and time in the Word. I find such relief in the encouragement and testimonies from the Bible, and it is like a balm to my heart. It’s no surprise that God uses those times when I’m panting after Him to produce growth. Like David, I know what it is like to have my only hope be the truth of God:
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words. My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise. (Psalm 119:147-148)
When I have stumbled across something game-changing in this life or have a bright hope, there is little I can do to keep myself from sharing this great news. It’s like that with Scripture, too. Not only are we supposed to hear it for ourselves, we are to tell others about it. We internalize truth and learn it well when we are compelled to live those truths out and to teach them to other people. Like the parable of the Lamp in Luke 8:16, we should let that light shine so that it illuminates the way for others. We can’t only be Hearers of the Word, but also Doers (James 1:22) and Tellers.
Lord, let us pant after You. Let us be brightened by the hope of Scripture and let that hope leak out of our mouths in the way we tell other people about You.