Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge
God's Words in My Daily Life
Over 2,500 years ago, the heavens were opened and an ordinary man saw exciting visions from God. He was able to see the likeness of God’s awesome presence and glory as he gazed upon four unusual-looking creatures surrounded by fire and light and an array of beautiful colors.
This man’s name was Ezekiel. Ezekiel was a man of God who was taken captive with a group of God’s people Israel. It was during this captivity that he met with God in a special way.
His experience with God caused him to fall on his face before God. Then God spoke to him and set him upon his feet. He had a message for Ezekiel. This is essentially what God said: “Ezekiel, I have a job for you to do. I want you to go to My people and bring My words to them. They are very hardheaded and rebellious against Me, but whether they listen to you or not, I want you to go and speak My words to them.” (See Ezekiel 2.)
But God didn’t just walk away from Ezekiel after that. He said, “Open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee” (2:8). Then Ezekiel saw a hand holding a book that contained God’s words for His people. Ezekiel opened his mouth and ate the book. It tasted sweet like honey. It was then that God said, “Go… and speak my words unto them” (3:4).
God did this to show Ezekiel the importance of speaking only God’s words to the people. God’s wrath is hot against the prophets who speak their own words and claim to be speaking for Him. God was saying to Ezekiel, “Eat My words, let them become part of you, then go and speak them to others.”
Have you been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ? “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:17–18). If you have met with Jesus and are following Him, there is Kingdom work for you to do. To you has been committed the ministry of bringing sinners back to God! Whether you are young or old, whether your abilities are small or great, whether your boundaries are limited to a forgotten prison cell or include the entire globe—God has given you a ministry.
To be effective ambassadors for God’s Kingdom, we must follow the pattern that God showed to Ezekiel—eat my words, digest my words, then speak my words.
The Bible is a sure revelation of God’s words for us today. It is vitally important to spend time reading and studying the Bible.
In 1 Timothy 4:13, we are commanded to give attendance to reading. Paul was encouraging Timothy to read the Scriptures. He also wrote, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished [fully equipped] unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:15–17). God’s words are powerful and able to convict of sin. They show us how we appear in God’s eyes. They can crumble hearts of stone and bring sinners to repentance and brokenness. They also feed and build up Christians.
The Christians of the early church recognized the value of carefully reading and studying the Bible. Cyprian wrote, “More strength will be given you, and the knowledge of the heart will be increased more and more, as you examine more fully the Scriptures, old and new, and read through the complete volumes of the spiritual books.”* And Theonas of Alexandria says, “Let no day pass by without reading some portion of the sacred Scriptures—at such convenient hour as offers. And give some time to meditation. Never cast off the habit of reading in the Holy Scriptures. For nothing feeds the soul and enriches the mind as much as those sacred studies do.”*
The Christian life is a relationship with Jesus Christ, and the Bible is designed to bring us into a deeper relationship with Him. When we spend time with the Bible, we should always seek to go beyond the written words and spend time with the Author, Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.… For my flesh is meat indeed [the real food], and my blood is drink indeed [the real drink]. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” (John 6:51, 55, 56). Jesus is our spiritual Bread, that true Bread that came down from heaven to give us eternal life. As we feast on Jesus, we will grow and mature in our relationship with Christ.
Jesus said, “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). As you keep your relationship with Jesus strong, the artesian well within you will overflow and torrents of living water will flow out of your inner being as Jesus talks about in John 7:38, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
How highly do you value the Bible? What are you reading? It burdens me to see the lack of hunger for the Bible in our nation today. With the flood of literature available to us, we have the dangerous potential of replacing the Bible with books, magazines, newspapers, etc. How is it that Christians can say they don’t have anything interesting left to read, yet they have never read through the entire Bible in their whole life? Instead of daily manna from heaven, the Bible is viewed as a book to leave alone until you go through some formal religious exercise. Are you content to feed your soul the husks of this world? If so, it will clearly show in your life. Are you satisfied to let a one-page devotional nourish you each day? Grow up! Desire the milk of God’s Word, drink it, and you will grow!
God longs for you to put your relationship with Him on the top of your priority list. Hunger and thirst for Jesus as a running, exhausted deer pants for water on a hot summer day. Esteem Jesus better food than the physical food you eat each day. View the Bible as a priceless treasure from God. Spend hours with God and His message to you in the Bible, and focus on deepening your relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Learn to meditate on the Scriptures that you read and the truths that you discover.
As you consistently walk with God in this way, His words will become a part of you, and you will begin to speak His words. You will be equipped for God’s service because the Word of Christ is richly dwelling in you in all wisdom, enabling you to teach and admonish those you come in contact with. God will be able to use you, an unworthy earthly vessel, because there is a treasure inside. And that treasure is Jesus Christ, in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Let us be faithful to fulfill the ministries that God has given us! “Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it” (Colossians 4:17).
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