“I Get To Hear The Word of God!” (John 17:17)

When I first became a Christian in college, I would attend church services with my brother in Jesus Christ whom God used to lead me to Him. He discipled me as we spent many enjoyable hours discussing the Bible and Christianity. One Sunday morning, after a church service, I commented to him, “That was a very interesting sermon…really learned a lot.” He smiled and responded, “Yes, it was interesting but I have heard many sermons on this Bible passage.”


“Do you ever get bored?”


He pursed his lips and spoke thoughtfully. “When I find myself in this situation, I pray very hard for God to allow His Holy Spirit to speak to me through His Word. When I do this, God always answers me and teaches me something about His character or reveals sins in my life. If I am willing to listen, God will always speak to me.”


A well-known evangelist once wrote that even if he heard a sermon dozens of times or if the preacher is not a stirring orator, he would not complain. He was happy to have an opportunity to hear the Word of God! I agree. In the beginning of the Book of Revelation, there is a verse that has always riveted my attention.


Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

Revelation 1:3 (ESV)


There is no other verse in the Bible that commands us to read the Word of God aloud. I have read the Book of Revelation aloud and I can attest that it is a different and illuminating experience to do this. Why? All senses are engaged and the soul is immersed in the Truth.


Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

John 17:17 (ESV)

Bombarded with endless fake news from every political and socioeconomic direction, I and many others hunger to be reassured by knowledge and information that is trustworthy. Truth is not relative. It is an absolute principle because how can we know if something is right or wrong unless we measure it against an absolute standard? That standard is the Truth, the Word of God.


We were created by God with a deep yearning to know the Truth. The Bible is the God of the universe speaking directly to each of us. Why would anyone grow fatigued or bored by hearing the Truth? 


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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