Have you ever wondered why the church devotes so much time
to the reading and preaching of God’s Word?
Like doubting Thomas, we all struggle with unbelief.
The Apostle Paul reminds us of the antidote:
“Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).
In our natural condition, all of us are spiritually blind
and unresponsive to the Lord and His Word.
Until we are spiritually reborn,
we are blind to His beauty and deaf to His voice.
This is one reason why God chooses to send us preachers.
It pleases God “through the folly of what we preach
to save those who believe” (1 Cor. 1:21).
Through the preaching of God’s Word, our eyes are opened…
“so that [we] turn from darkness to light
and from the power of Satan to God,
that [we] receive forgiveness of sins
and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in [Jesus]” (Acts 26:18).
Therefore we should regularly pray for spiritual fruit to remain
in our lives and the lives of those we love from the preached Word
because by giving our attention to His Word, our Lord…
- Enlightens, convinces, and humbles sinners.
- Drives us out of ourselves, and draws us to Himself.
- Conforms us to His image,
- Builds us up in His grace,
- Strengthens us against temptations and corruptions,
- And establishes our hearts in holiness and encouragement.
Pray that fruit would remain in your life and in the lives of those you love
because of hearing God’s Word faithfully proclaimed.