Oct. 24, 2021

Scripture Readings

The first time I read the words “God breathed” I was amazed. “The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)  One breath from God and life came into being. Picture my excitement when later I read “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in right living.” (2 Timothy 3:16) Not only is life formed when God breathes into us, his words, when read and taught, come alive to guide, lead, clarify, convict and correct, because they are God-breathed. Wondrous isn’t it?!

Paul in his letters to the early churches urged the leadership to heed two critical disciplines: prayer and God’s word. O that our churches today would wholeheartedly guard and pass on Godly teaching with faith, love and the Holy Spirit's help.

When I hear Psalm 119, I’m brought back to my high school days, when our group of friends memorized Scripture. Verses like “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path.” Little did I realize how essential those words would be to my life.

Once the world was a confusing place. To my child-mind the cycle of birth, growth, study, work, marriage, aging, death was confusing. Was this all there is to life?

Once I smiled and laughed and lived seemingly happy on the outside. Inside,meaninglessness grew in silent spirals of despair. Better not to live became my secret teenage mantra.

Once. The danger of whispered lies lurked deep in the recesses of my exhausted postpartum mind. Marriage and motherhood became dissatisfactory.

The power of wrong words once held sway.

TILL. Words from The Word speared my muddled thoughts. A light - bright and powerful - pierced through the tiny crack in my dark cave of death thoughts. Truth exposed sin, lit the way to a new path, life beautiful and work purposeful.

What has God done in my life that I can share with others? I can share the power of God-breathed words that speak truth, encouragement, help and life. Good news in the midst of a pandemic is never more needed. Will you join me in sharing the God-breathed words?

Liz Chua