Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Treasure God’s Word

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

Have you ever watched the Antiques Roadshow?

Sometimes people bring along a precious family heirloom, left to them by their Great-Aunt Maud, and try to look nonchalant when they find out it was made at a factory in Hackney in 1975 and is worth about 50p.

Or sometimes people bring along something they picked up at a car boot sale and it turns out to be an original painting by a grand master worth thousands of pounds.

It just goes to show that sometimes we don’t really know the true value of something.

When the Queen was crowned she was given a Bible with the following words, ‘We present you with this book, the most valuable thing this world affords’.

Is that how we view the Bible?

We should really treasure God’s Word, for it is:

  • A mirror to show us what we are like (James 1:23-25);
  • A light to guide our way (Psalm 119:105);
  • Food for the spiritually hungry (Matthew 4:4);
  • A sword cutting into the very thoughts and attitudes of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12);

And most important of all, it’s a book that points us to Jesus our Saviour.

To the Jews at the pool of Bethesda, Jesus said,

‘You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,’ (John 5:39).

Jesus, speaking to two disciples on the road to Emmaus began ‘…with Moses and all the Prophets, [explaining] to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself’. (Luke 24:27).

And later in the Upper Room He said to His disciples, ‘…"This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms. Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations…”’ (Luke 24:44-47)

No wonder God’s Word is to be more precious to us than silver and pure gold (Psalm 119:72, 127).

Let’s make the Psalmist’s prayer our own,

‘…I will not neglect your word’ (Psalm 119:16).

Have a good week,

Pastor Barry

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