words of god

I often hear pastors urge us to read the Bible so that we can gain a better understanding of God. Before I became a devout reader of the Bible, I struggled with the pastors’ position. The Bible is written by people just like you and me, how will it help us to better understand God? Now that I spend a decent amount of time reading the Bible I do have a much better understanding of God.

A few Old Testament books that I have struggled with are written by the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah. But I have recently grown to appreciate these books in a new and remarkable way. This is why—large portions of both books are words spoken directly from the mouth of God. I find that I am constantly learning as I become more and more familiar with the Bible. The first few times that I read these books, I seemed to be more focused on my frustrations with the writing rather than the content itself. Everything changed, however, when I told myself to focus on the words that came directly from the mouth of the God who created me—who created all the earth!

Here is how the Apostle Peter describes the scripture written by the prophets, “We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.  Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:19-21)

Wow, that is powerful! I urge you to open one of the books written by a prophet and pay special attention to the words that come directly from God our Father. Here is what I have found—that He loves us unconditionally, His commandments are for our eternal good, He is a jealous God, He knows all, He is just, and that the cross of Jesus is our only hope to spend eternity with Him. Thank you, Jesus!