The Word of God should bring joy to a Christian (1 John 1:4). If we study the Word only out of duty and are not moved and inspired by its contents, we will miss the blessings God wants to give His people. We must ask the Lord for help to identify and remove whatever hinders our joy in reading and hearing the Word of God.
God’s Word is alive and powerful and can affect every area of our lives. In its pages we see our humanity with its weaknesses, which makes us long for the power of God. The Word gives us guidance and understanding for life’s many challenges, and there we find the comfort and healing that our souls often long for in times of trouble.
The Bible teaches the importance of the Christian family. It instructs parents how to live with their spouses and how to nurture their children. When children see that dad and mom depend on God and His Word for their strength and direction in life, they will be inclined to follow the same path. “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). Godly parents who follow this directive will deny themselves to discipline their children in a redemptive way. To nurture children in the way of the Lord includes bringing them to the Sunday school and worship service for instruction and fellowship. Exercising Christian hospitality is also an integral part of teaching children the way of holiness. It is a blessing to see our children learning about God as they get old enough to read the Bible and pray.
In the Bible we learn about temperance, patience, and self-denial. We learn we must give up our selfish will and discipline our Adamic nature. Though the world and the Christian are at odds with each other, the Bible instructs us to “be not conformed to this world” (Rom. 12:2). Thereby we can remain free of the lusts of the world that would bring us into bondage.
The Word of God teaches us how to conduct ourselves in our material affairs. We learn that Christian stewardship is to take care of our possessions as well as to carefully manage the things that others have entrusted into our care. God has given material possessions to provide for the needs of our families, the needs of the less fortunate, and to give to the church to spread the gospel. We must leave a Christian witness in our business pursuits with our employers, employees, and clients. The opportunity to bring honor to God as we faithfully handle these earthly things cannot be overlooked. Jesus said, “Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness” (Luke 16:9). Our financial dealings should leave good feelings with those with whom we do business.
The Word of God teaches us how to think of our fellowman. Rather than looking at what others can do for us, we look for ways that we can be a blessing to them. We seek for opportunities to show God’s love and to testify how God changes the hearts of people. Wherever we go, we witness to the truth of God’s Word, and with whomsoever we meet, we leave the testimony that we are following the Lord. A testimony of our love for the Bible when visiting with our neighbors and friends may inspire them to read it and to experience its life-giving power. It is a special blessing to share godly inspirations with those who likewise thirst for and enjoy the Word of God (1 Pet. 3:15).
In conclusion, may we read the Word of God and meditate on its truths. May Jesus, who is the living Word, dwell in our hearts to satisfy our deepest longings.
From Adult and Youth Sunday School Lessons, October 8, 2017