A few months ago, I was playing with my sweet kiddos and my daughter toppled over, gently bumping her head on the carpet, as babies are apt to do when they are learning how to sit up. My reaction, like that of most moms, was to embrace her and kiss her head. She continued crying (wailing, actually), at which point my toddler said, “She doesn’t know what kisses do yet, mommy.” The innocence and confidence of his statement melted my heart. You see, he knows what kisses do: They heal bonks on the head, scrapes on the knees, and hard days. Because he knows this, he seeks them out when he is hurt or sad.
I’ve replayed this memory in my mind many times since that day. Recalling my son’s trust in the power of mommy kisses, and his instinct to seek them out when he’s hurt, has caused me to ask what the adult version of this may be. Or better yet, who? To what or whom do I instinctively grasp at for truth, comfort, and assurance in the midst of pain, uncertainty, turmoil, or even good times? The best, most reliable, and truest answer is God, regardless of if we fail to recognize it, as my daughter did with mommy kisses.
But how do we run to Him? How do we know that we are running to the One True God and not a version we have created in our imaginations? My son would not go to another mom for boo-boo kisses, because he knows me. In the same way, we need to know who God is, lest we fall for a lesser, counterfeit version of Him.
The Bible says that Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God (Col 1:15), so if we want to know what God is like, we look at Jesus. And we find Jesus revealed to us in the glorious pages of Scripture. Walking the journey of the Psalm 23 challenge that we discussed a few weeks ago has been an invaluable reminder of the power of Scripture. Having immersed myself in a passage of Scripture day-in and day-out, I find myself subconsciously reciting it at random times throughout the day. And on challenging days I have repeated over and over, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing.” (Psalm 23:1)
The Word holds truth. It is a rock, a firm foundation, a comfort, and a shelter. You shouldn’t take my word on this, though (pun intended). Scripture has much to say about the authority and power of God’s Word:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16 ESV)
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 ESV)
This God-his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. (2 Samuel 22:31 ESV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105 ESV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-2 ESV)
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Jesus, Matthew 4:4 NIV)
The Word is living, active, perfect, true, a shield, a lamp, a light, food for our souls, breathed by God, profitable for life, piercing, and discerning. And that’s only according to this sample of verses! I don’t know about you, but it sounds like the perfect place to run when life gives us boo-boos, if you will. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we have to know the Word. By it, we know God. And the more we know God, the more we trust His character. The more we trust His character, the quicker we are to run to Him when life goes off the rails. Like my son knows what mommy kisses do, we will know what Jesus can do, because we are confident in who He is. And we will be much less susceptible to the lies of the enemy.
This week, if you haven’t already done the Psalm 23 challenge, I encourage you to do so. If you have, I encourage you to think about another set of verses that you can read when you first wake up and prior to falling asleep. Oh friends, the Word is so valuable, and we in the West have enormous access to it. Let’s not take it for granted. Let’s soak our hearts and minds with Truth this week and allow God to change us through His Word. Love to you, friends!