God’s Word is to your soul, what water is to a tree. Just as a tree deprived of water, dries up and eventually dies, so is your soul when deprived of God’s Word—“the word of life” (Phil. 2:16).
The Bible is the anchor of your life. It is not a mere compilation of human thoughts; It “is Godbreathed” (2 Tim 3:16 NIV). Simply, It “is your life” (Deut. 32:47). Period. That was the main thrust of Moses’ farewell address to God’s people. He hammered home the fact that their life is rooted in the streams of God’s Word. How true! Those who came after Moses, such as King David and his son, King Solomon, just to name two, latched onto this truth. David compared the Word to “streams of water” and a believer to “a tree planted by [it]” (Psa. 1:3). As a tree’s life depends on water, so does the life of a believer depend on God’s Word.
Solomon, in his proverb about wisdom, called the Word, “a tree of life” and a-soul-giving life (Prov. 3:18, 22). He went on to say that “he who finds…[God’s Word] finds life and obtains favor from the Lord” (Prov. 8:35). On the other hand, he warned, “But those who fail to find … God’s Word] harm themselves; all who hate…[studying it and living by it] love death” (8:36 NIV). This is God’s revelation. You cannot by-pass it! To take His Word lightly is to forfeit God’s favor and invite trouble…even unto death.
Pursuing the Word Relentlessly
It makes sense to pursue God’s Word at all cost; after all, “it is your life.” David likened his vigorous pursuit of the Word to a deer in the wilderness, where there is scarcely a brook of water. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” (Psa. 42:1-2). He went on to testify, “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His temple” (Psa. 27:4 emphases added). [NEXT]