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Are You a Woman of the Word?

What do you think it means to be a “woman of the Word?” It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? But what is the meaning behind that phrase?

In Acts 17:11 describes the Bereans like this: “. . . they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”

They were gobbling up the Word—they were eager to know what the Word said!

I picture these dear people pulling out scrolls of the Old Testament prophets to verify what Paul was saying as he shared the good news about the long-awaited Messiah. They eagerly received the word; they wanted to know truth. They didn’t want to miss anything God had for them.

Becoming a “woman of the Word” begins with a heart that receives God’s Word with eagerness.

God reveals Himself to us—continually! One way is through the impressive beauty and intricacies of His creation (Psalm 19, Romans 1:19-20). But in addition to wowing us with His personal artistry, He’s given us personal communication—like a love letter, really—and we call this the Word of God.

Do you desire to hear what God wants to tell you?

Are you listening?

If you’ve lost interest in reading Scripture, or your devotional time seems dry and lifeless, perhaps it will help you to think about Scripture’s unique value.

Do you know why we refer to it as the “Word of God”?

According to 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is inspired by God (breathed out by God) and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.”

When we read God’s Word, we’re reading God’s personal communication to us!

Think about that.

God communicating.

God revealing Himself.

God speaking to you!

Does that not just BLOW YOU AWAY?

How many Bibles do you own? Do you have a phone with a Bible app? You’re reading this post from some Internet source and if you pull up an online version of the Bible, God is communicating with you through the Word He breathed thousands of years ago to men who never imagined such a thing as a cyber world!

If you’re approaching your time in Scripture with glazed eyes and yawns—maybe it’s time for a heart check. Perhaps you need to remind yourself Whose presence you are in when you read His Words—His love letter to you.

If you desire a greater awe and love for His Word, spend some time reflecting on Psalm 119:9-18, 24-48.

What’s your “eagerness level” for the Word of God on a scale of 1 to 10—with 10 being very eager?

Do you have any suggestions to share for cultivating an eagerness to receive God’s Word?

I’d love to hear what you have to say!

If you’re eager to study the Word, you’ll have an opportunity to dive into a study of Colossians with me—more on that tomorrow!

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6 Comments

  • Sandra

    I am so thankful for your thoughtful posts each weekday. I so enjoy benefiting from them and sharing them with friends.

    A question if I may — Do you think it’s possible to have a stagnant relationship with the God of the Word while maintaining an eagerness for His Word?

    A study in Colossians?! I’m in!!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Sandra!

    Good to hear from you and I’m thankful that you are ready to dive in and study Colossians : )

    Wow, good question: “Do you think it’s possible to have a stagnant relationship with the God of the Word while maintaining an eagerness for His Word?”

    It would probably be good to define what you mean by “stagnant.” If you mean, not experiencing spiritual growth but having an eagerness for studying God’s Word . . . I would ask someone who says that is occurring in their life . . . Is that eagerness motivated by a desire to learn intellectually, but not a drive for application of the Word?

    A student of Scripture can have a sense of stagnation when there is little evidence of God at work . . . but in reality, God is at work–even when we don’t recognize it, and that is where faith comes in “seeing the unseen” (we’ll grapple with that in Col. 3). I’ve experienced stagnation when I was isolated from believers who are growing or spiritually mature, and that is one reason God instructs us to “stimulate” one another in the Church (Heb. 10:24). We need encouragement that comes from fellow believers who are experiencing God at work in their lives.

    If you think you are experiencing stagnation . . . that is a great issue to take up with God. Ask Him why that may be occurring.

    Maybe some other readers have some thoughts on this . . . I hope they’ll weigh in and leave a comment!

  • Pauline Butler

    I have times when I have felt stagnant, but I still had an eagerness to be in God’s Word. For me feeling stagnant has usually been the result of allowing too many other “good” things rob me of my time to be in God’s Word and, as Kim said, of time with other believers. Sharing truth from God’s Word to encourage and exhort others always stimulates my desire to be reading and meditating on it. Also, my eagerness to read and learn of His Word is greatly enhanced when my desire is not just to do so for my own benefit but also for the benefit of others. Prayer and praise are powerful tools for drawing me closer to Him, as well. Looking forward to studying Colossians with you, Kim.

  • Vivian Etherington

    That is a tough question for me to answer because I guess to me my relationship with God is so directly related to my relationship to His Word. Are there times I feel stagnant? Yes! Does it mean I don’t love God or His Word? No! Usually for me the struggle happens when I have a lot going on in my life and my mind is pulled in so many directions! I do all I can to fight from having distractions, but sometimes it just can’t be helped that I have many things pulling at me–I have six children. However, even when my passion is lacking, I have a deep down desire for God and His Word and I DO make it a priority every morning to spend time with Him! I can’t live without it! It’s my lifeline! I find that fellowship with friends who love the LORD and talk with me about Him is a great fuel for my passion for God. Asking God to give me a hunger and thirst for Himself and His Word is another thing I do when I feel stagnant.
    I LOVE Colossians! I’m in!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Pauline ~

    Thank you for sharing. I agree with what you’re saying about stagnation, a life filled with activities that leave no margins prevents us from having time to be still before the Lord, which is a necessary ingredient for thriving spiritually. And “busyness” can cammoflauge the process of stagnation.

    Glad you’re joining us for Colossians! 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thankful for your comment, Viv, and so glad you’re joining us for Colossians! 🙂
    I look forward to you sharing your insights on this book!