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Praise God for His Word

Devotions

Julia Child motivated many home chefs in the United States to try French cuisine. Her breakthrough cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, was immensely successful and ranks as one of the top-selling cookbooks of all time. Her words and ways have inspired multitudes to stretch their culinary skills beyond their initial capabilities.

When it comes to God and His Word, we are pushed as well—not in the kitchen, but all throughout our lives. More than just a book, God’s Word was held in high regard for early believers and ought to be viewed in the same way today. Scripture serves many functions, such as correcting, convicting, training, and ultimately pointing people to the resurrected Redeemer, Jesus Christ (v. 16).

The main reason God’s Word is respected and revered is not solely because of its content but also because of its inspiration. Paul tells young Timothy the Scriptures are breathed out from God Himself (v. 16). While human writers pen them, God is the author. John Koessler explains in The Moody Bible Commentary that “God superintended the writing of Scripture by his Spirit without blotting out the human author’s personality, style, or vocabulary.” Therefore, when we read the words of Scripture, we can be confident we are reading the words of God Himself, written by human hands.

Today’s reading reminds us that God still speaks to us today through His Word. If you have access to a Bible, the very words of the Lord are at your fingertips. Out of everything that you could ever possess, God’s Word stands as the most powerful, influential, and life-changing. Do not miss an opportunity to read it, study it, and learn from it. While you do, make sure you are praising God for it.

Apply the Word

As you read Scripture, are you praising God for His Word? God’s truths have been written, preserved, printed, and distributed so you can fulfill your God-given purpose. Praise God today for His unfailing, inerrant Word. Not only does it give us direction but it also gives us the truth about Jesus.

BY Chris Rappazini

Chris Rappazini is the associate professor and program head of the BA and MA in Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary. He is the vice president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and previously served as the associate minister of preaching and teaching at Southside Christian Church in Spokane, Washington. While currently on sabbatical from teaching at Moody, Chris and his wife, Ashley, and their three children reside in Texas.

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