by Mark Clements
Sunday, April 14
The Importance of Hearing the Word of God
“Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: and that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it,” Deuteronomy 31:12, 13.
There is power in the Word of God. Moses personally knew how important it was that people give ear to God’s Word. He understood that if people did not know the Word of God, they would likely not be interested in knowing the God of the Word. Moses commanded that the Word of God be shared with everyone—citizens and strangers, elderly and young alike. The main reason for clearly communicating and studying God’s Word was the holiness of the people and the glory of God. But it was not just for one generation to heed. The Word of God must be treasured for the sake of upcoming generations. Moses knew the children would not inherit their faith genetically, but by transmission of God’s eternal truths.
Paul wrote in Romans 10:17 that, “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Faith does not spontaneously come into existence in the heart of anyone aside from hearing, understanding and responding to the Word of God. For those of us who believe, it is our responsibility to clearly communicate the eternal truths of God’s Word to everyone we can. Nothing else brings life to a spiritually dead heart but the Word of God. For the next generation’s sake and for the glory of God, may we obey and proclaim God’s Word.
JUST A THOUGHT: Trust, live and speak God’s Word.