Where do you go when you need something certain? When life throws the curve ball and puts you off-balance, where do go? At its worst, we all have things that leave us groping in the dark for something – anything – that is sure, certain, familiar. Where do you go, and to whom do you turn? Do you try to remember some advice from your mother? Do you turn to an old family saying? Google or Facebook? Whatever it is, at those moments you are seeking something much more than information. At our core, we are seeking certainty, and an assurance that things are going to be okay. The Bible makes tremendous claims about itself: it is a living and active word that does its work on us in its own way. We are grateful that its final word and work on us is a gracious one, giving certain comfort to the timid and fearful: let us indeed “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” the certain and sure hope we have as an anchor for our souls.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Blessed Lord, which hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; grant us that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them; that by patience and comfort of thy holy word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our savior Jesus Christ. Amen.