Week in the Word

by Abraham Cremeens

Time in God’s Word is never wasted time. And yet the craziness of life can often lower it as a priority. I get it. I struggle, too. The balance of marriage, children, friendships, church, fun, and work with our personal walk with God is difficult to maintain. While I can find myself exasperated at times in my attempts to keep it all at the priority it deserves, I am reminded that God did not intend to give me a chore list but an enjoyable relationship with himself.

In some of the best material I have been exposed to on spiritual disciplines, David Mathis encourages those who walk with God to see the day as an opportunity to hear God’s voice and have his ear. It’s simple. It’s not a long chore list with impossible to maintain goals. It’s an opportunity to find a way in the day to hear God’s voice (in his Word) and to have his ear (in prayer). What’s not to enjoy about that?

As this week closes, we are concluding our “Week in the Word,” a five-day attempt to encourage our whole church family to invest time in hearing God’s voice as we read his Word and think on it. The Word is vital to the spiritual health of a Christian. One of my favorite Scriptures about the Scriptures is 1 Thessalonians 2:13,

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

God’s Word is unique in that it came from God himself. God’s Word is powerful in that God’s Spirit uses it to “work in you.” Time in God’s Word is never wasted time.

I don’t know where you are at with your personal interaction with the Scriptures. This may be a season where that area of your life is healthy. This may be a season where you haven’t touched the Bible in weeks or even months. My intent in this post is to offer a simple encouragement to make space, even brief space, to hear God’s voice today by reading a portion of his Word. You won’t regret it. It is never wasted time.

For further encouragement, I am including some posts that some of you shared on Facebook as we read God’s Word together this past week. Thanks for participating and for posting. I was encouraged by what you shared, and I know others reading this will be as well.

Genesis 1

We are made in the image of God. if thats not something that makes your head spin, then i dont know what will.

I am amazed at the simple words of the first verse of the Bible. Check out all the areas that are covered in the first verse.
In the beginning God created - the origin of time;
the heavens - the origin of space;
the earth - the origin of matter. Our God is truly an awesome God!!!

Genesis 2

What stood out to me most in this passage was the part talking about God resting. This past summer I feel that God reminded me the importance of having a day of rest—a Sabbath. We shouldn’t be legalistic about it, but it is important and God did command it: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” (Exodus 20:8) It’s not just a suggested thing to do—it’s a command and important enough that it made it in the “Ten Commandments”. Work is good, but we also need to rest. It’s definitely a hard balance to achieve.

John 1:1-3

Amazing how Jesus is in it ALL. Nothing that was made was made apart from him. Has a more comprehensive statement ever been made?

As a pastor I know often says, “Get in the Word so it gets into you.” For all of us, may this “Week in the Word” be the start of a year where we hear God’s voice and have his ear.