Thursday, July 14, 2016

"I Wrote It"

"I Wrote It"

     A new scrub tech in Frances's Labor & Delivery unit at the hospital recently mentioned some training material she found helpful regarding certain procedures in caring for patients.  "Would you like a copy of it?" she asked Frances, obviously enthused with the information.  

    Sometimes life grants to us a classic moment that allows us savor things the Lord led and enabled us to do.  This was one of those for Frances.  "I wrote it" she responded to the nurse.  Indeed, Frances has written quite a bit of such professional material through the years, including a procedural manual published by a previous hospital for which she worked.  So, she greatly enjoyed the moment that any writer would appreciate when affirmed for the devotion, time, and effort it takes to pen words on paper (or in these days, to type words onto screens).

   I wonder if God feels this way when some portion of His Word thrills our hearts.  I'm sure He does, and we do well to frequently communicate to Him our deep appreciation for so great a gift as the Scriptures.  As the prophet declared, "Thy words were found and I did eat them. And Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart!" (Jeremiah 15:16).  Nothing is more thrilling than seeing the precepts and the lines of the Bible fit together to form the revelation of Christ.  Such moments so obviously bear witness of the Holy Spirit's inspiration of God's Word that we can almost hear Him say, "I wrote it!"  He did, or rather the Spirit of God inspired the writings of the prophets and apostles to bless us with the Bible that fills and fulfills us with Truth.

    It has been said that Christ is the Bible personified, and the Bible is Christ in print.  The living Word and the written Word unite to reveal God and His truth.  "In Thy light shall we see light" (Psalm 36:9).  Thus, we read with an expectant heart, and rejoice with a grateful heart when we find our anticipation fulfilled.  We also make sure to tell the Lord of our discovery, not to inform Him, but to thank Him.  Certainly He doesn't need a copy of His Word.  He is the Word incarnate.  We nevertheless do well to express our enthusiasm and bless the heart of the God who so loved us that He gave us His Son, and also His Word to proclaim so great a gift.

"I rejoice at Thy Word, as one that findeth great spoil!"
(Psalm 119:162)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Now unto God and our Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
(Philippians 4:20)

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