Scripture as Medicine

October 24, 2017

With the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation just around the corner, I can’t get the five solas out of my mind. Sola Scriptura in particular. My relationship with Scripture throughout my life has been complicated. I recently heard our women’s ministry director at church describe her relationship with Scripture according to the decades of her adult life (20’s, 30’s and 40’s) as duty, delight, and dependence. Although my relationship with it has not been quite so tidy, I’ve definitely hit all those points. There was a time when I approached the Word strictly out of guilt and duty and frankly quite a bit of skepticism, but then I happened upon a spot in my admittedly privileged life where I was forced to face the claims Scripture makes about God and about his Son and decide whether I believed them and whether or not I’d let them offer me any real comfort.

So I began to approach the Word out of desperation–I needed to know what it taught, what it meant, and what I was supposed to do with that knowledge. I went straight to the primary source. And what I found was how much Scripture testifies about itself. It’s always telling us how great it is and how good it is for us to know it. And as I read and re-read, I found that all to be true. I realized that I was coming to know and understand God just a little bit more. He was using His words not only to instruct my mind but to chip away at the hard places in my heart, slowly replacing doubt with trust and hatred with affection until my heart cried out: “Where else can I go, Lord? You have the words of life.”

Life presses in though and I too easily forget how good Scripture is and how sweet communion with God through his Word is. So, when I feel my heart growing cold and distaste for the Word creeping into my soul, I turn to the Psalms. First, it tastes like medicine and I can only tolerate it in small doses, but as I persevere, I find the aftertaste is sweet and rich like honey. Over the next few weeks, I want to re-examine some of the claims Scripture makes about itself from Psalm 119 and let the healing properties of the Holy Scriptures continue their work.

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  • Laura Dobbertin November 7, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Love reading all these!! Always such an encouragement!!