Focal Passage: Luke 24:13-35
All people love to communicate, some out loud and some in quieter ways. Some love to discuss their day, or comment on the final play of last night’s basketball game: “Two minutes more, that’s all they would have needed!”
Others might prefer just to listen. Wherever you go, you can hear people talking to one another, see them texting on their phones, or notice them reading something another person has written perhaps in a novel or a magazine. Humans can’t help but communicate with one another.
“Words, words, words,” one of my college professors said as he scribbled the same onto the front page of a book of poems he handed me on the last day of class. We are a people of words.
Our God is a God of words.
Throughout the Bible, God speaks – He structures the universe with the word of His mouth. He blesses His creation. He curses the ground and the serpent after Adam and Eve’s disobedience. He guides and strengthens. He makes promises and then He fulfills every single one of them.
God has always communicated to His people, in the Old Testament through His words to the prophets and priests, in the New Testament through the incarnate Christ and His apostles, and now through the Holy Spirit’s illumination of God’s revealed word: the Bible.
While we don’t always understand, we can trust the Word of God because God is trustworthy. We can believe that if the Word of God claims that Christ died and was raised to new life, it’s true.
We can ask God to give us a clear understanding of His Word and how to apply what we know from scripture to a robust and living faith, knowing He will do so through His Spirit.
God is not afraid of our questions. Every thought of ours is apparent to Him, and every prayer is clearly known by Him. In His Word, He has given us sufficient knowledge of Himself – making His character, will and plan known to us. Through the Word of God, Christ will be revealed, worshipped and glorified.