What is the “word”? What is the “journey”? And what is this “journey of the word” all about?
The “word,” in this case, is the Word of God, the Scriptures, written for our instruction.
“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it.” Luke 11:28
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.” John 8:31
“Sanctify them in the truth. Your word is truth.” John 17:17
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
The “journey” is a lifelong pursuit of knowing God by knowing His Word. Sadly, the first twenty years of my journey were pretty aimless. I knew Christ as the one who poured out His abundant mercy and grace on me and redeemed my soul from the pit. But I did not realize that I could know Him in a much deeper way by searching the Scriptures diligently. And that I could have great joy in the process.
“But Jesus answered them, ‘You are wrong because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.'”
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.” John 5:39
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4
I discovered the joy of the journey when a friend patiently opened my eyes. I learned I could study Scripture with the simple capabilities God had given me. I learned I could know what the Scriptures say. It’s not as much a mystery as we like to think. I learned I could study it with friends and family. And I learned it could be the most exciting journey of all time.
And so I’ve taken the ultimate challenge. To seek to know God by knowing His Word. To devote my energies to finding out what He has said. It’s the journey of a lifetime.
Who’s on the journey?
I’m not the only one, if that’s what you’re wondering. There are many who have gone before and many yet to join. I hope you’ll get started now if you haven’t already. What journey could be greater?
Who am I?
My name is Lydia Borengasser.
I am a follower of Jesus Christ.
I am a sinner saved by the abundant grace and mercy of the Redeemer.
I have an indestructable hope. Therefore, I have an indestructable joy.
I am an older sister to five, a piano teacher, a pregnancy center counselor, a former conference director, and a photographer-wanna-be.
I am a Southerner living in a semi-Northern state.
I believe in the Oxford comma.
I am on a fascinating journey to know God through His Word. I blog about it here.
This clip reveals a little more of my story and the story behind this blog. Special thanks to the elders and story team at Fellowship Church of Louisville. Music: “My Soul Finds Rest (Psalm 62)” by Stuart Townend & Aaron Keyes.
A few important notes about this blog:
1. I am so blessed to have many friends who have encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. This blog is a result of their kindness. Many of the ideas expressed on this blog must be credited to them.
2. The purpose of this blog is NOT debate. Please share your encouragement, your ideas, and your feedback. And feel free to disagree. But please do not allow this to lead to debate. To share the journey and head towards the same goal, we must stick together. Debate, in this context, is not profitable and is highly discouraged.
3. The purpose of this blog is show you a bit of my journey in the Word. Reflections. Observations. Ideas. Challenges. Not conclusions, necessarily. I hope you are encouraged to press forward in knowing God through His Word. To be a hearer and a doer of the Word. To set your mind on things eternal, where Christ is. May the journey lead you there.
And if not before, I’ll see you at our journey’s end.