I love this verse because it says so much with so few words. The Word of God, a phrase that we hear all the time but that I think sometimes we take for granted. The word of God is usually refering to the Bible, a book, but it is so much more! John 1:1 refers to Jesus as the Word. Everything God had taught his people, everything he would tell us in the Bible, was wrapped into Jesus. Jesus was the ultimate man of God and if we want to be men of God we need to be like him.
The Bible is so much more than a book. Yes, it has a cover and pages and words. There are paragraphs, themes, stories and puncuation. But, where the Bible is different from any other book is that it is the word or the living God! Think about it for a minute. God speaks to us through the Bible. He can give you an answer to any question you might have through the Bible. Everyone always asks for the answers to life’s questions…well here they are!
Being a man of God means keeping His word. This is another multi-part commandment. In order to keep the word, you have to know the word. To know the word you have to spend time reading the word, memorizing the word, meditating on the word. The great thing about God’s word is that you can read one passage this week, then read the same passage next week and God will reveal something completely new!
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
That is a lot of stuff that one book can do! Pay attention to verse 17, “…so that the man of God cay be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” God gave us the scripture, His word, to equip men of God. But you can’t be equipped if you don’t spend time in the word!
But there is more… “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22 So we can’t just read the word and study the word we have to live the word! It is like the Jewish holy men in Jesus’ time. They would pride themselves in having the entire old testament memorized – WOW! But when Jesus came he said that the did not know these men. It is not enough to memorize bible verses so that you can regurgitate them at cocktail parties (interesting thought!), you have to truly live the word that God has given you.
So make reading the Bible part of your daily routine. Read with a purpose, to come closer to God, to be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Read with your wife, read with your children. Show them that you are keeping the word of God and that it isn’t just words, that it is God speaking to us everyday.