One thing that God has been impressing on my heart is the importance of the Word of God. For quite some time I have known that the Bible is the Word of God. I know that there is such power in the Word and that my life has been substantially changed by being in the Bible and growing closer to God. Even though I know all of this, I often treat the Word as commonplace. It has been a great time in my life because God has been reminding me just how special the Word is and it is stirring up a passion in my heart to see every person from every tribe, tongue, and nation have access to a Bible in their language.
This last weekend, the message at church was taken from Nehemiah 8. There is a story about how the exiled people had found the book of the Law (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) and Ezra read the book to the people from morning until noon. The best part of the story comes in Nehemiah 8:12. The people had been weeping because this was the first time that they had heard the Word of the Lord, but they were told not to be sad because the day was sacred. Verse 12 says, “So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.” I want everyone on this earth to celebrate with great joy because they have heard God’s words and understood them!!!