Monday, November 2, 2009
The Wonderfulness of the Word
Yesterday my husband was asked to speak at a church where a friend from college is the pastor. He spoke from Habakkuk. Yep, that's right - Habakkuk. When he started his message he said, "I hope by the end of this morning you'll love Habakkuk as much as I do." And guess what? I think he accomplished what he set out to do. Habakkuk is a wonderful, overlooked little book, rich with wisdom and encouragement. If you're interested in hearing his message, click here and pick the sermon by David Wisen.
All this to say, as I sat, soaking in this little prophetic book, I became overwhelmed with a sense of joy for the Bible. Yeah, not overly profound, but as I sat there, the wonderfulness of the Word washed over me. So many different authors, so many years to write it, so many different audiences but one central theme - Jesus Christ. What a unique, wonderful Book!
It is the most translated, most read, most printed, most hated and most loved book in the history of the world. It speaks into astronomy, physics, medicine and biology. In contains history, poetry, patriotism, wisdom, short stories, prophecies, letters, and mounds and mounds of instruction. It has survived time, persecution and criticism. It is read by all age groups, all races and all social classes. It is life-changing. It is authoritative. It is well-written. It is inspiring and inspired. It reveals the heart of man, but more importantly, it reveals the heart of God.
And I not only own one, I live by it. Or at least I try to - there is so much to learn, so much to glean, so much to know and so much to grasp, that sitting there listening to my husband teach about Habakkuk, I realized how little I know. Therefore, I want to thank the Lord for each day that I have to pour over His wonderful Word and soak up its richness.
Wow...I need a nap...
See you in the morning!