January, 2011

Reflections on God’s Word

“Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life…” Simon Peter

-John 6:68

Ignorance of Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.

-Jerome, 4th Century

Merely hearing or reading the Bible…can be like a short rainfall on hard ground.  Regardless of the amount or intensity of the rain, most runs off and little sinks in.  Meditation [on Scripture] opens the soil of the soul and lets the water of God’s Word percolate in deeply.

One of the most underrated benefits of memorizing Scripture is that it provides fuel for meditation.  When you have memorized a verse of Scripture, you can meditate on it anywhere at anytime during the day or night.  If you love God’s Word enough to memorize it, you can become like the writer of Psalm 119:97, who exclaimed, “Oh, how I love your law!  I meditate on it all day long.”

-Donald Whitney in Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Jesus, citing Deuteronomy 8:8

-Matthew 4:4