Rejoicing in the Lord: The Word of God
Our recent study of the book of Philippians has helped remind us of the importance of our rejoicing in the Lord. Paul reminds the saints in Philippi of their partnership in the gospel (1:5), the grace they share (1:7) and the joy they all share together (2:17,18) in the Lord.
This reminder of their joy is a safeguard (3:1) for them against false teaching (3:2-4, 17-21), just as prayer and the peace of God works to guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus against worry (4:4-7).
The joy that guarded and guided the heart, mind, and life of the apostle Paul is the same joy that guarded the heart, mind, and life of the saints in Philippi (2:2 et al.). This same joy is ours today, and it comes to guard the heart, mind, and life of the saints just as powerfully as it ever has. This joy is the same today, because it has the same source – the word of God!
The word of God saves our souls (James 1:21; Rom 1:16), and it is the source of our faith (Rom 10:17). The word of God accomplishes what God desires and achieves the purpose for which He sent it (Isa 55:11). In fact, Jesus, the Son of God, Himself, said that man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matt 4:4).
Our Father, who is in heaven, bless our hearing of your word that we may have in abundance the joy it gives to sustain us, in Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!