At Home in the Word

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16) Kenneth Wuest said, “there should be a certain at-homeness of the Word” in the Christian. Is that Word at home in you? Does Scripture have a comfortable residence in your heart and mind? Are we at home in the Word? Are we comfortable with Scripture? Do we live in the Word, with the Word and by the Word? Does the Bible have a voice in your conversations? Does the Word of God shape your decisions? Does Scripture play an active role in your life?

This “at-homeness” suggests a certain comfort and ease with the Bible. To be at home with some is to share a familiarity that only comes from a long relationship together. How comfortable are you with the Bible? The Word should not feel foreign to the Christian. Scripture should not be a foreign land, full of unfamiliar scenes and strange languages. The Christian should be at home in its pages. The scenes of the Bible ought to be as familiar to us as the sun setting over the lake and the eagles soaring over the trees. We should be at home with saints like Adam, Abraham, Joseph, Sarah, Deborah, Rahab, Daniel, James, John, Martha and Tabitha. We ought to be familiar with the truths of the gospel, the character of God, the perfections of Jesus and the obligations of the church. No one will ever know the Bible fully, but all Christians must be knowing the Word more and more. God’s Word must be on our minds, in our hearts and our lips.

To become comfortable with the Word the Christian must spend much time reading it. Reading is a great start, but the thing the Christian cannot do with out is meditation on the Bible. Meditation is a repeated cogitation on a portion of Scripture. The uncouth analogy of meditation is of a cow chewing its cud. A cow eats the same bit of food several times, chewing and swallowing, bringing the meal up again later to chew on it some more. The cow repeats this process until it has gotten out of its meal every bit of nutrition it can.

Meditation reads a portion of Scripture, chews it over right then to become familiar with the passage and then comes back to it over and over again. Fill your mind with the Word and return to it often until you are at home in the Bible and the Bible is at home in you.

Great blessings are reserved for those who fill their hearts with the Word. Psalm 1:1-3 says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly . . . But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 112:1 says, “Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.” “Blessed,” one word that sums up a treasure trove of Divine gifts. Saying the Christian who fills Himself with the Word is blessed is like saying the Sun is yellow; it is absolutely true and wholly inadequate to describe the true magnificence of the matter. So, “let the Word of Christ dwell in your richly.”