I’m giving a shout out to diligent students of the Word. I have a critical announcement to make: You need something more than a thorough knowledge of Scripture!
During the darkest season of our marriage, my husband experienced a crisis of faith. He watched me consistently studying Scripture, but “knowing the Word and loving God” wasn’t impacting me when it came to how I treated him. I was one miserable woman to live with.
I had a serious problem. I wasn’t practicing reverence during those years.
“Reverence” may not be a word you use often, but it is a biblical word (check out Titus 2:3). Reverence is a heart action that we need when it comes to connecting the dots of Scripture. At the lowest point in our marriage, more than just studying God’s Word, I needed reverence.
Reverence for God is tied to the reverence of His Word—which directly impacts how I treat others.
Although I was in the Word, my husband didn’t see the Word affecting my behavior. My study invigorated me, gave me substantial head knowledge and doctrinal grounding . . . but there was still a major problem.
I wasn’t approaching God’s Word with the awe and humility it deserves.
I didn’t realize that reverence should be my heart posture when coming to the Word.
I didn’t realize that reverence for God should be my heart posture when relating to others.
I was approaching God’s Word as an academic student, but not as a needy child. That is a hazardous activity. When we profess to know God’s Word and yet, our actions are unaffected, we send a dangerous message to the watching world. We send the (false) message that the Word isn’t life changing. We send the message that God is not powerful.
I was doing that.
According to Titus 2:5 I was blaspheming the Word of God.
Do I have anyone’s attention out there? I’m not being melodramatic, this is serious business.
When we walk in God’s presence, it should have an obvious effect on our lives.
When I reverence God, I’ll reverence His communication with me. If I study Scripture without reverencing God, I can develop a flippant attitude. If I spend time in God’s Word and I’m rude to a coworker just moments later, that is a red flag indicating that I’m not reverencing God.
The nature and origin of Scripture is unlike any other piece of literature; it takes us directly into God’s presence—and that is where we should experience reverence.
[box]“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness . . .” (2 Timothy 3:16)[/box]
I hope you didn’t run past that familiar verse too quickly. Did you notice the words: reproof and correction?
Tomorrow we’re going to continue this discussion and we’ll look at the important role those two words play. Today, would you consider how you are approaching God’s Word? Are you trembling? Does your reverence for God and His Word affect how you live?
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