“And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.”
We are spoiled in our day and age with so many copies of God’s Word. We have it in hard copy and we have it in digital form. We have helps and study guides at our fingertips, and we no longer need a library to house all these materials. I am part of the Gideons and we hand out cards that advertise a Bible app on which you can download the Bible in several hundred languages. I have some old Bibles that are worn, but I hate to throw them away as I feel that is not respectful of God’s word. I believe due to our excess access, we do not reverence His word as we should, and we sometimes place things on the top of our Bibles and forget them on the shelf. God’s word is still precious, and we should treat it as such because it is the key to living a life that is pleasing to Him.
In the days of Ezra, there were no smart phones or apps and there were no libraries or church bookstores. The people attended a public place where they could hear the word of God and it was precious to them. We often attend church worn out from the week and not ready to hear the word of God. We do not reverence it as we should, and I have not seen anyone hear the Word of God and then bow their head and face to the ground because of the conviction from the Holy Spirit. We sometimes groan that we have to stand up when the word of God is read, and I am guilty of this as well as I feel we sit and stand an ample amount of time before the preaching even begins.
I was convicted by these verses as I do not reverence God’s word as I should, and I do not always take action on the conviction that is brought to me. I am guilty of not reading God’s word as I should, and I know I cannot be successful without reading it. Psalms 119:9 states, “Wherewithal (How) shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.” We cannot live a life that is pleasing to Him if we do not first read His word, and we cannot be successful in our walk with Him if we do not reverence and obey the words we read. Our attitude and actions should be like the people who heard God’s word and immediately acted on it to do what God said.
Where are you today friend? Do you reverence the Word of God? Are you even reading your Bible? Do you act upon what you read or is just simply something to check off your list or something to keep up with your friends on the Bible app? May we reverence His word, and may we not hesitate to make the changes He convicts us about. God’s word is His love letter to us, and we make light of it when we do not read it or act on what we read. May we treat His Word like the cover reads, “Holy Bible.” God has preserved His word for us, and may we preserve His word in our hearts. He is holy, and we owe Him the reverence He deserves. Will you reverence His Word? Will you make the changes He asks you to make? May our lives be changed by the power of His word, and may we treat His word with godly reverence.