I want to end this little series of stewardship on one of the most important items we can steward: God’s Word. Scripture is our standard to judge anything by. It is our guide, counsel, and source of wisdom for all of life. We see as much in 2 Timothy 3:16–17 when the apostle Paul wrote, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
Since it is God’s breathed-out word and it is profitable, we should steward our study time well. His words are “More to be desired…than gold…sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb” (Ps. 19:10). His words are sweet to taste (Ps. 119:103). They are “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105). Jeremiah tells us that when we find His word and eat them they will become a “joy and the delight of [our] heart” (15:16). Not only this but Scripture tells us that we are not to “live by bread alone, but…by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:3; c.f. Matt. 4:4; John 4:34).
From this, we see that Scripture is very important for us. It is how we grow and become strong faithful believers. This is why Paul wrote young Timothy and told him to, Study, Be diligent, Do your best “to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). We can only rightly handle the word of truth when we steward our time in the word of truth.
If we do not take the time to study and taste the sweetness of the Lord’s word, then we will not be approved workers. We will not rightly handle the word of truth, nor will we rightly divide the word of truth. We will be like the ignorant and unstable people that Peter spoke of who, “twist [Paul’s writings] to their own destruction, as they do other Scriptures” (2 Pet. 3:16). This is something that we most certainly do not want to do. We want to always seek to understand the word of God rightly. We must always seek to properly apply and interpret the word of God. But to do this, one must steward their time of study of the word of God.
The word of God will “not return empty, but it shall accomplish that which [God] purposes, and shall succeed in the thing which [He] sent it” (Isa. 55:11). His word is powerful and creative (c.f. Gen. 1:3ff., John 1:1ff., Heb. 1:1-3). He gave us His word for our benefit and growth. It is a gift from God that we have it, and have it so readily accessible. I believe that when we steward our study time of His word rightly, we will be blessed beyond measure. His word is certainly worth the time. It will bless you and it will strengthen you and it will be a reward on its own.
The book of Revelation says that the one who reads the words of it is blessed (1:3). This is speaking of that specific book and prophecy, but I believe that all who read the word of God will be blessed. I know that I am blessed every time I read it and I know you will be too. It is worth the time it takes to study and read. I believe that when we steward our time in God’s word, we will be better for it. So, today seek to become a person of the Book and taste its sweetness.