“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-31 ESV)
As a newborn, my oldest child, Tia, wanted to be cuddled day and night. If we were lucky, we could preheat her sheets to body temperature and slowly slip her into her bed . . . which would give us a bit of relief. However, she would soon realize she wasn’t being held and would start to wail, demanding to be held.
The word ‘abide’ that’s found in John 8 means to remain, to wait for, to await one.
With that in mind, when we read of ‘abiding in His Word’, I think that we are to be like Tia. So wrapped up in His Word and kept in the truth and peace of His presence, that if removed or separated from it, we would soon feel its absence and cry out. The world may try to trick us with a false warmth or we may be coddled by books by notable Christians, however, nothing is as comforting or as crucial as being tucked into his Word.
Lord, forgive us for not being true disciples and being content when not wrapped up in Your Word. Help us to believe in You, abide in You and experience the freedom that comes from knowing the Truth.