November 2

Moses … said to them: ‘Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe – all the words of this law. For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess.’ Deuteronomy 32:46-47

Moses here reminds the people of the vital importance of the Word of God.  The temptation for us to neglect the Bible must be one of the most common temptations.  It comes in various ways.  New believers may be tempted to give up because they find some passages too hard.  People who know the Bible well may be tempted to assume that they know it all already.  But here God addresses these temptations, and promises us that time spent in His Word is never a waste.  Billy Graham was asked what he would do differently if he could live his life over again.  He replied without hesitation that he would read his Bible more.  The Bible is a book of seeds – the promise or hope of good things; God’s Word is a foundation of good things that will spring up in the life of the person who diligently reads it.  The Word of God will bring forth faith, hope and love in our hearts.  It will produce wisdom for all of life’s situations, and will keep us from many temptations.  It will affect our health and the length of our life on earth.  Here is what Smith Wigglesworth (a famous preacher in the early 20th century) said about it:

“God’s Word is – 1. supernatural in origin; 2. eternal in duration; 3. inexpressible in valour; 4. infinite in scope; 5. regenerative in power; 6. infallible in authority; 7. universal in application; 8. inspired in totality.  Read it through; write it down; pray it in; work it out; pass it on. The Word of God changes a man until he becomes an epistle of God.”