Rejoicing in God’s Word
Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your
word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart. (Jeremiah 15:16)
If you were to receive a note from the leader of
your country or someone famous, you would probably save it as a keepsake. How
much more precious is a message from almighty God!
Sometimes we find ourselves in circumstances that
are beyond our control. This was the case for Mary and Martha as they were
grieving the death of their brother Lazarus. At these times a word from Jesus
can bring much rejoicing (John 11:41–45). Other times when Jesus speaks, His
words bring correction. “Get behind Me, Satan!” (Matt. 16:23) and “O you of
little faith” (Matt. 14:31) do not seem to bring joy. Yet Jeremiah said that
God’s word brought him joy.
It is overwhelming to consider that holy, almighty
God would speak directly to us! What a privilege that He would care enough to
challenge our destructive thoughts or practices. No matter whether His words
are praising us or chastising us, we ought to consider it joy to receive
life-changing words from our Master!
Every time we prepare to worship the Lord, we ought
to do so with anticipation that almighty God may have something to say to us.
Whenever we open our Bibles, we should expect that God has something to tell us
in our time with Him. We ought to be far more concerned with what God will say
to us during our prayer times than with what we intend to tell Him.
When you receive a word from your Lord, whether it
be of praise or of correction, consider it joy that almighty God would speak to