Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Of the many things I love in the Christian life, my favorite is to hear the Word of God. When the Word is read aloud and my mind is engaged with the Holy Spirit, then God’s Word works in my life in the most important ways.
I love to read the scriptures aloud, whether alone or with a group.
When I read the Word aloud my spirit, soul, and senses become involved. My hands are holding the Book. My eyes are seeing the words and phrases flow forward on the page. My ability to speak it brings it up from the page and into the surrounding environment. My ears are receiving the most valuable sounds that can be heard. My mind interacts with what is being read. The living Spirit of the Lord fills my spirit and teaches me as I hear the Word.
How does the hearing the Word work powerfully within us? Your Bible is loaded with answers to this question. Here are three to start with:
- The Word brings us to a moment of decision. Jesus said, “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” Mark 7:16. Jesus said these words many times as He spoke to people. By using this invitation, He makes your willingness to hear His Word crucially important. His Word is powerful, but you must decide to receive it for it to work in you.
- The Word plants new life in you whenever you hear it and keep walking with Jesus. Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are Spirit and they are life.” John 6:63
- The Word forms a foundation on which your life can stand strong through every trial and test. Jesus concluded the Sermon on the Mount by saying, “Therefore, whoever hears these words of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: And the rain descended, the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25. God’s Word is better than solid rock.
As you read your Bible, you’ll discover many more passages that will show you how hearing the Word is vitally important. When you find a verse or two that encourage you to hear the Word, take a moment to share what you have found by sending me a text or email. It’s a blessing to hear from you.
With ears to hear His Word,
Pastor Rich Marshall