Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” [Matt 4:4]
Scripture is God’s voice available for you in every moment, situation and crisis you face. We can be sure God desires to speak to us because he has given us his voice through the Bible. God desires to reveal to you his will and has given us his Spirit to guide you into all the truth…[John 16:13]. God has given us his Holy Spirit as our guide and tutor, and when you read Scripture with the help of this Teacher, the Bible is no longer just a book written thousands of years ago, but a source of life-giving revelation.
When you open your Bible, you are literally opening the words of God. So read it prayerfully, paying attention to any words, phrases, or ideas that stand out to you. Allow God to apply Scripture directly to your life through his Spirit. And as you read, submit yourself to God’s Word with a willingness in your heart to obey what it says. James gives us God’s promise that a doer of the Word will be blessed in everything you do [James 1:22-25]. The power of Scripture becomes evident as you daily submit yourself to it – God’s Word will only impact you and your world to the extent that you are willing to obey what it says.
So today as you read God’s Word, remember that God is ready to speak to you. As a doer of the Word submit yourself to what it says, open your heart in obedience to God, and allow it to produce the fruit of a life filled with purpose, devoted to the glory of God.