The phrase “Word of God” or “Word of the LORD” occurs 329 times in the Bible (KJV). The Word is not to be treated with disrespect. I personally recall as a boy going to Athens' Bible School that my Mom had taught me to put the Bible on top of all other books. We were taught early not to scribble or draw pictures in our Bible and certainly never to tear pages out of this precious book.
It was not because of the cost or that the book itself was so precious, but the respect was for the message itself, that it was a message from God. Just think what God's Word can do for us and the difference it can make in our lives. (1) The word gives life. The Psalmist stated: “This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me” (Ps 119:50). (2) By following God's Word one is promised that his way will prosper and he will have success, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Josh 1:8).
The Word of God is powerful like the sword in a warrior's hand (Heb. 4:12). When instilled in our hearts it will keep us from sin, and when taken from our hearts, sin will keep us from the Book (Isa. 59:1-2). It is as a mirror that reveals that which is attractive and unattractive (James 1:22-24).
God's Word has the power, when properly followed to cleanse one from his sins “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,” (Eph. 5:26). When properly followed it gives direction “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye (Psa. 32:8:) and as the wise man Solomon stated, ”Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 3:5-6).
- Jerry A. Jenkins