The Word Never Fails

Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.

Joshua 21:45

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You have come to save us and to heal us. You are merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. Hallelujah! Enable us to draw near to You. Help us to diligently study Your Word and to cling to Your Promises. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

I’ll have to admit that at first I only glanced through chapters 19-21 of the Book of Joshua this morning. What is the meaning of this Bible passage? I thought. Does it offer any kind of application to my life? I have not just come out of Egypt and I’m not in line to get a portion of the land. So what is the point of reading this part of the Bible?

Full stop! Put your Bible and your notes aside. Close your eyes. Empty yourself, and then pray. Now we have a starting point.

I’m in trouble whenever I approach God’s Word the wrong way. I’ll sit down, read my Bible, and expect God to speak to me. There is nothing wrong with listening to God, of course. The problem starts whenever I’m looking for approval and excitement only to find out that the passage I’m about to read is a rather dull one for me.

Scripture is not powerless (for the Word is given by inspiration of God, and it is profitable, and it will equip man for every good work — 2 Timothy 3:16-17). The problem lies in how I’m approaching my Bible reading at times.

What do I expect to hear from God? Do I read to receive confirmation that my ways of doing things are best? Or do I listen to what God has to tell — including the sobering truths which will lead me back and/or keep me on the right path?

Open your Bible and let God speak to you today.

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