Lately, I have been profoundly affected by the fact that we shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. See Deuteronomy 8: 3 and Matthew 4:4. The Father’s word in Deuteronomy is reiterated and confirmed by the Son in the Matthean passage.
I have found the statement to be completely and unassailably true. When faced with any of life’s challenges, Scripture encourages, builds, enlivens, enables, empowers, feeds, counsels, emboldens, informs, assures, pierces, and discerns.
It is in God’s word that we encounter His Word Incarnate. Please take good note of that preceding link. Time after time after time that encounter can only be described as miraculous.
Furthermore, we are informed that “the sword of the [Holy] Spirit is the word of God“. God’s word written is so important that the entirety of the Holy Trinity breathed it into being, miraculously provided it to human beings, signed, stamped and sealed it with the holy imprimatur of the life of our Messiah, Jesus Christ, and guarantees its propagation through the ongoing, ardent and arduous work of the Holy Spirit. Such love God has for us!
In the Anglican heritage, we are enjoined to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest God’s written word. Amen? Yes, and Amen!