Scripture Reading: Numbers 27:12-29:11 / Luke 8:1-8 / Psalm 38:13-22
The Pony Express was a thrilling part of early American history. It ran from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California - a distance of 1,900 miles. The trip took 10 days with 40 men each riding 50 miles a day, using 500 of the best trail horses available. To conserve weight, clothing was light, saddles were extremely small and thin and they carried no weapons. The mail pouches were flat and conservative in size as letters were written on thin paper - yet each man carried a full size Bible!
The Bible was presented to him when he joined the Pony Express and he took it with him despite all the weight restrictions. I was taught at a young age that the Word of God was the foundation of life and I could put my trust in the Bible. There was a song we used to sing in Sunday School class, “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me, I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E!” I believed every word and as I have grown, God’s Word has proven to be everything and more than I ever believed.
The “Good News” delivers and transforms, it gives hope and peace, it directs and changes our lives! Jesus uses the Parable of the Sower to describe the power of God’s Word to transform lives. Jesus begins the story with, “A farmer went out to sow his
seed….” (Luke 8:5) and begins the story's explanation with, “The seed is the Word of God…” (8:11) The parable seed was scattered and it fell along the path, on the rocks, among the thorns and on good soil. Similarly, the Word of God falls upon unproductive hard hearts of unbelief, shallow faith and worldly cares of life. But when The Word is sown into a heart of faith…it brings transforming results!
The Word isn’t defective or unproductive; men’s hearts are defective because they are hard, shallow and divided! A physical seed has a DNA code to reproduce itself and the Word of God has a spiritual DNA code to bring forth abundant and everlasting life! There are no other words in our world or throughout time that has the power of God’s. He “spoke” all things into existence as He called the heavens and earth forth. When God speaks…all of creation and the unseen world comes to attention and subjection to Him!
God’s Word is infallible and incapable of error. It does not mislead, deceive or disappoint. The Bible is inspired, inerrant and totally true. It is not a dead letter but a Living Word! The enemy will try to distract us from God’s Word and will attempt to stir doubt within our hearts. We must be careful to embrace and hold tight to God’s Word for it is our all-sufficient rule for faith
and practice. We do not seek the counsel of this world but look to God’s revelation and truth for direction and answers. No matter how much this world weighs you down, don’t lay aside God’s Word. Just believe, standing and singing…The B-I-B-L-E!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!