And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Words are flying around everywhere these days. You can find opinions and advice everywhere. If you don’t get enough from cable news or the coffee shop, then sign up for Twitter or Facebook. Words come in an endless stream.
In this flurry of opinion, where does the Bible fit in? Is God’s Word THE authority for what we think and do? Or, is the Bible one source among a myriad of others? Now, I don’t want to come across as some sort of Bible-thumping, fried chicken-eating preacher today. (How do you thump an electronic Bible anyway?) But, look at how Paul commends the Thessalonians.
Paul and his companions thanked God continually because “when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God.” What if your pastor texted, tweeted, Facebooked or MySpaced a message this week in 140 characters of less that said, “Come this Sunday. God has spoken. You need to hear it”? Would you come running? Would you be skeptical? Would you bring him an antacid?
The reality is that every Sunday when our pastors open God’s Word, they are bringing a message from God. While that message is cloaked in human interpretation and presentation, God is speaking to us. When we open our Bibles and read, God is speaking to us. God may even be speaking through these devotionals (from the top of the page for sure).
Some people long to hear a direct message from God. Low and behold, that direct message is right under your nose, and possibly your reading glasses. Read it. Ponder it. Discuss it. Obey it. God’s Word is “at work” in those who believe.
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