Amazing! Simply amazing! I can write
a word down on a web page and people Ive never
met, people from all over the world, can read that
word and know what Im saying! The gifts of
words, language, and reading are incredible.
I am reminded of this gift every year
with the start of school. My wife is a first grade
teacher. Most of her students come to her with a
knowledge of the ABCs, but very few of them are
reading. By the end of the school year, however, most
of them are reading quite well. They have begun an
adventure that connects them to the past, explains
current events, and helps them anticipate their
Reading is one of our greatest gifts as
humans. It enables us to capture a collection of
words, translate them into thoughts, and then
understand a message. God loved us so much, that He
chose this gift to be a vehicle of communication to
us. God could have made it so much more difficult to
- he could have revealed Himself in the
mysteries of the universe and only scientist
could know Him
- he could have revealed Himself in philosophy
and only philosophers could know Him
- he could have revealed Himself in psychology
and only psychologists could know Him
But God chose to reveal Himself in human words so we all could know Him!
The Bible contains Gods words for
us. The Bible tells us of Gods work in our
world. It speaks of His majesty, greatness and might.
The Scriptures declare His work in HIStory. That He
would communicate with us, in words we can
understand, at the level of our intellect, says
something very important to us about Him and His love
As amazing as the gift of the Bible is,
God was not content to let that be His final word to
us. Gods fullest revelation
of Himself was Jesus. He is Gods message,
Gods Word to us about Himself. Not only did He
speak to us in words, He came to us as The Word. Not
only can we read about His actions, we can see them
in Jesus. He not only tells us of His love for us,
but He shows it to us in Jesus.
So the next time you read the story of
Jesus, be reminded of God's three great gifts to us.
First, He has given us the ability to read words.
Let's use and enjoy this incredible gift. Second, He
spoke to us with words in the Bible to teach us about
Himself and His will. We must never underestimate the
importance of having a book written in human words to
reveal the divine will. With Bibles so readily
available, we must take advantage of this gift.
Third, God sent his Son as the final Word to not only
tell us, but show us how much He love us! The only
way to adequately thank God for this gift is to
surrender our life to that Word as Lord.
Yes, God gives us a peek at His glory in the
wonders of nature, and philosophers can come to see
His fingerprints in moral order, and the psychologist
can see flashes of His character in human
personality. But each of these is just a glimpse of
His glory. But it takes human words for Him to
explain the peeks, fingerprints, and flashes as He
works in our human history.
No one has ever seen God. It is God the only
Son, who is close to the Fathers heart, who has
made him known. (John 1:18)
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and
various ways by the prophets, but in these last days
he has spoken to us by a Son. (Hebrews 1:1)