Deeper understanding and conviction

By Emily Onorato and Tim Ferrin

The Lent season is a time to think and reflect on the 40 day period of fasting that Jesus endured in the desert before he began his ministry. One thing that we may do well to consider as we reflect on Christ’s suffering in the desert is his retaliation against Satan that, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

As we read in Mark chapter four, let us ask ourselves, how do we receive the Word of God? Does it excite a reaction in us that fades in a moment? Or do we dwell in the Word and let its impact be enduring and profound?

In Psalm 119, the writer seems to have an excellent grasp on this lasting effect of God’s word: “If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction,” (Psalm 119:92). Indeed, it is the power of God, through his divine Word, that can give us strength in the most trying of times. Both Christ and the psalmist knew this.

Today, as you dwell on the meaning of the Lenten season and Christ’s example for us, strive to move yourself in a direction of deeper understanding and conviction of God’s Word. Don’t worry about exciting an emotional reaction, because that will soon die down. And don’t ignore what God’s word says, removing yourself from its positive impact. Instead, try to understand. Seek interpretations and meaning from those wiser than you and read every word. Above all, regard God’s Word as God’s Word and choose to love it.

Oh, and by the way, Jesus is the Word. (John 1:1)

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