As we enter the new year, our world, and our country are in continuous turmoil putting to the test even the most resilient of us. There is a sense of unending chaos and disruption in our lives with few places to provide stability and direction. This is why I am grateful for the Word of God.   Hebrews 4:12 says, “The word of God is living and operative.”


Despite the lack of national leadership as we faced an unpredictable viral threat, the Scriptures guided our steps. The word of God rose to meet the challenge to provide us answers to our problems and our plights.  It was our source of guidance, comfort and faith.  The Lord instructed us where to go, what to say, what to do and how to make decisions.  For this reason, I treasure the words of God’s mouth more than necessary food. We need the Word as a daily supply for the sustenance of our lives even more than we need food for the sustenance of the body. That’s the reason why Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the Mouth of God. Jesus was teaching us that our physical needs are not always our greatest needs. Our greatest need is to be guided by God.


How important is God’s word to you? Whether you are a newborn Christian or a seasoned believer, you must maintain a passionate commitment to keep growing in intimacy with the Lord by studying His Word.  Reading God’s Word daily will cost you the significant sacrifice of time, attention, and energy. It requires discipline, cultivation, and determination, but it will help you know God in a better way.   The good news is…once you begin, it will become  habit-forming and second nature to you.


Never neglect the Word of God. If you find it hard to go for a few hours without eating, it should be even more difficult to go for a day without meditating on the Word.  If you don’t already have a daily habit of daily devotion to Him through reading the Bible, there’s no better time than now to create this new habit.  Don’t let 2021 be a year where you are ignorant of the ways of God and find yourself calling on African Angels to the rescue.  Take time to read the God of Scripture, live in God’s word and grow in your life with Christ.


Grace and Favor,

Barbara Bryant