We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Two Way Conversation

Gene Edward Veith, author of the book Reading Between the Lines, weighs in on the subject of communication by saying:

“We can never know anyone intimately by simply being in that person’s presence. We need to have a conversation in order to share our thoughts and our personalities. By the same token, we need a conversation with God–two-way conversation through language–in order to know Him on a personal basis.

Just as human beings address God by means of language through prayer, God addresses human beings by means of language in the pages of Scripture. Prayer and Bible reading are central to a personal relationship with God. Christians have to be, in some sense, readers” (Reading Between the Lines, p. 18).

Joshua understood this well when he penned his thoughts on the pages of Scripture:

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)

Psalm 119 is a beautiful depiction of the love that God’s children should have for His word. This Psalm makes it clear that reading and meditating on God’s word has joyous results! Despite any trials you are facing, make certain to be a Word-centered person, taking delight from the Word of God. Then you will be able to say with David,

If your law had not been mydelight,

I would have perished in my affliction.

I will never forget your precepts,

for by them you have given me life.

(Psalm 119:92-93)

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