(by Octavius Winslow)
Cultivate a profound reverence for God's Word. Nothing is more grievous to the
Holy Spirit than a trifling with revelation. The words of Scripture are divinely
inspired. "Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
Beware of referring to it with levity. To adopt the words of Scripture
irreverently, or to employ its phraseology flippantly, is to cast discredit upon
inspiration, to press it into the service of the flesh, and to make the Word of
God the jest book of the profane. This is awful trifling with the thoughts and
words of the Holy Spirit!
Stand in awe of this Holy Book!
God says, "I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who
tremble at My Word." Isaiah 66:2
"Then all who trembled at the Words of the God of Israel..." Ezra 9:4
"We will follow the advice given by you and by the others who respect the
commands of our God..." Ezra 10:3
"My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of Your laws." Psalm
"My heart stands in awe of Your Word." Psalm 119:161
(Editor's note: How very sad is it that many professing Christians use the holy
Word of God to amuse others with 'bible jokes' and in other trifling and
irreverent ways. Much of today's pseudo Christian music, movies and children's
literature use the Word of God in a flippant manner, if not in a downright
profane and sacrilegious way.)