This devotional was first published in the ezine ‘Tween Girls and God
Have you ever heard of the “5 W’s and an H”?
I studied journalism in college. I loved reporting, interviewing, writing and even editing articles. My favorite part was talking to people I’d never met, asking them questions and then piecing the story together. Being concise is one of the most important elements of writing a news story. I remember Dr. Senat saying over and over, “Cut out the extras! Get to the point! Answer all the reader’s questions and then stop writing!”
The best tool Dr. Senat gave his students as we were learning to write “tightly” were the “5 W’s and an H”. So, I figured, it might also be a good tool to pull together the most vital information about the Bible. Let’s ask God’s Word these questions!
Who is the Word of God? John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
The Word of God is much more than just the thick book you carry to church. It’s more than a collection of stories or even a “road map to heaven”. The Word of God is a person.
John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” This means that Jesus Christ is the Word of God.
What is the Word of God? Even though the Word of God is a person, we are also told that it is a “lamp to our feet and a light to our path”. (Ps. 119:105) The Word of God guides us to make right decisions, teaches how to obey God and shows us how to follow Him.
Where is the Word of God? Isaiah 55:11 says that the Word of God comes directly from His mouth. “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” And it is also hidden in our hearts. When we believe in Jesus, He sends His Spirit to live within us and since Jesus is the Word of God, then God’s very Word can live inside us. From within us, it helps us to keep from sinning against God.
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Ps. 119:11)
When is the Word of God? This one’s easy even though it’s hard to understand. God’s Word is forever. It never ends, it never fails, it’s never wrong and it’s never silent. 1 Peter 1:25a says, “‘…but the word of the Lord endures forever.’” And Ps. 119:89 says, “Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” (There’s a freebie, too! That’s another answer to the “where” question!)
Why do we have the Word of God? Oh my goodness, can you imagine if we didn’t have God’s Word? How would we know Him? How could we believe in Jesus and be saved?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 gives us many other reasons we have God’s Word. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
How do we use the Word of God? 2 Timothy 3:16-17 answers this question to. We use God’s Word to teach ourselves and others about Jesus. God’s Word is useful to correct us when we’re wrong and to train us to be righteous; to teach us that through Christ we “have right-standing with God”.
That was some good investigative reporting! We asked all the essential questions and essentially “interviewed the Bible” about God’s Word. Do you learn something new?
Why don’t you try writing a good news story about God’s Word. Write a short article telling someone about God’s Word—how important it is to you, how you use it every day and why everyone in all the world should hear it?