Reading the Bible

The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Isaiah 55: 10-11 (NLT)

I sometimes wonder if we take it for granted that we worship a God who speaks. We often describe the Bible as God’s written word and the Lord Jesus as the Living Word (see Hebrews 1: 1-2). The concept of God speaking is very reassuring. Without communication from the living God, how would we ever know who he is and what he thinks of us humans. Left to our own devices we would dream up all sorts of weird and wonderful things about God.

So, God has taken the initiative and revealed himself to us. He has not left us guessing about his existence or his character. To be sure he has left many elements of mystery in this revelation, but he has given us enough to know that he is not indifferent to us.

In our role of making the Bible available and accessible we take courage in these words from Isaiah. God keeps his promises and so his Word will bear fruit and be nourishing. In our most recent edition of Alive & Active you will read stories that illustrate how God is working through his Word in the world today. I hope you are encouraged by this. But also inspired – to listen to what God is saying more deliberately and regularly.

What a privilege and honour it is to know the God who speaks.

Elaine Duncan
Chief Executive