Wedding season is always a wonderful as we celebrate a new beginning in two people’s lives as they become one. Today I watched as my sister-in-law and her new husband tied the knot. They are now opening a new chapter in their lives, so to speak.
While there are TONS of analogies I could draw from a wedding, there is only one I want to share with you at this time. This is one that has been on my mind for quite some time, and as we open new chapters in our life often, and it is now wedding season, what better time than to share it now!
It seems like we are always making an effort to open new chapters in our lives all the time. We want to graduate, start college, graduate again, start a full time job, get married, have kids…the list goes on. Many times we even purchase or check out books from the library that help us in each chapter or teach us something we feel we should know for this new chapter. As humans, we are always devouring information that we deem pertinent to whatever chapter it is we are seeking completion of. Conquering this chapter might give us a feeling of wholeness or having no loose ends. But this is temporary. It lasts until the next chapter is opened and we start something new.
Many of our personal opened chapters and chapters of books we read we attack with determination.
But when we gather to talk about God’s Word, may it be in a personal setting on our own study time, a group study time or even in a church or learning setting, we lack that fervor to open the pages of our Bible. We look to other resources and listen to many ministries. Now days, I rarely even hear people quoting the Bible when talking about spiritual truths or wisdom on how to live a Godly life, but instead they post quotes of men. I am not discounting the understanding these men may have, but their words do not have the power that the Word of the Lord holds. It is a gripping power, one that keeps those who are attentive to His Word longing and coming back for more, hungry to open up a new chapter each day.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. He was in the beginning with God.” John 1:1-2
Of course, God’s Word goes much deeper than words themselves. He and His Son are the Word.
Not only is His word important and powerful, but there is danger in relying on words other than the Lord’s to guide you and influence your philosophies about life.
“Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness…” 2 Timothy 2:14-16
I want to challenge you as you seek to open new chapters in your own life, open new chapters in your Bible as well. Through His Word and listening to His voice in prayer, you will have guidance in opening up those new chapters in life as well!
We are after all meant to Glorify God. How can we do that when we don’t get the instruction from His Word and understand who He is?
“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:4-6
So, are you opening your Bible for wisdom? Or are you looking to other resources to be your guide? Make the right choice; open up the chapter that holds the wisdom and story of His love from beginning to end. You’ll fall in love with it! (Sorry, since this whole post began with the start of a Godly marriage, it just makes sense to end with God’s love for each of His children!)
“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for rep roof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17