Daily Reflections: A Daily Digital Devotional

Fuel for a Living Relationship

January 28, 2023 Kelly Needham

“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” —John 8:47 ESV

Anyone learning a second language knows that vocab is key. Sure, you can learn every verb and all the tenses. But verbs alone can’t help you find a bathroom or get a cab. You need vocabulary! The more words you know, the more conversation you can have.

The Bible is vocabulary in our relationship with God. We read our Bibles with the goal to commune with God. Without a rich vocabulary of God’s Word, our interaction with Him is limited.

As I grow in knowledge of the Bible, I quickly recognize His voice. Sometimes circumstances remind me of a passage I read. As I consider how to respond to someone, a story from the Old Testament will come into view. The more I read, the more living and active my relationship with God becomes. I’m learning His language and engaging with Him better every day. Isn’t this what we all long for? A living, breathing, tangible relationship with the eternal and living God?

Make it Personal

What are ways you can increase your knowledge of the “vocabulary” of God’s Word?