Many books catch our eye and they almost seem to be in endless supply these days. Once you get one book there is another that you would like to get. Yet in the sea of books, there is one book that is unrivaled in its influence and unparalleled in its importance. God’s Word alone gives life, saves, and lasts forever. The Bible is the book of God’s people. I love the Word of God and its permanence in the church.
The book of Isaiah says, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go the law (instruction), and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3).
In reading this, I was struck by the contrast between the last days’ glory and the present situation in Israel. The text portrays the scene in the last days when the people of God will worship him on the mountain of God. The mountain of God is so special because it is to remind us of the place of his presence. It is there where God’s people will be led and fed by the word of God. However a devastating scene stands starkly opposed to this glorious picture of perfection in the presence of God. Surrounding this picture in chapter, in the first five chapters of Isaiah, the people of Israel run after gifts rather than God (Isaiah 1:23). They have thrown themselves at idols (2:8,18,20) and are filled with injustice (1:17,5:7). Their “heroes” are drunks and partiers (5:11,22). Therefore God promises them banishment from the promised land (5:13). Do you know why? “Because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel” (5:24). This indifference to God’s word is summarized in Isaiah as arrogance (2:11,12). Oh may we not fall into the same arrogance. I love the book of God’s church because it is God’s word that preserves His people. May we heed the warning from Isaiah’s portrayal of wordless Israel. My prayer for TCC and God’s church in general is that we would hunger, even ache for communion with God which happens primarily in His word. Isaiah’s words are still on point today when he says, “The grass withers and the flower falls (video games fade, money will run out, cars will break, clothes will get holes in them or go out of style), but the word of the Lord remains forever” (Isaiah 40:6,8). Let’s spend our time with this “forever word,” the book of the church.
For more, see this post by Kevin DeYoung. It strengthened my heart further reminding me why I love God’s word. May we be reminded of the power, joys, and mind-altering truths that await us in God’s word.
Longing to Never Stray from God’s Word