Each year new words are added to the dictionary. So far this year, Merriam-Webster has added words like airball, binge-watch, urgent care, and photobomb. Many scholars believe Paul created a word, when he wrote his second letter to Timothy.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” – 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
In this verse, the word Paul uses to describe scripture is God-breathed. This is the only place the word is used, in the Bible, and scholars have not found it used in any documents written before 2 Timothy. In fact, many scholars believe Paul may have created this word to help Timothy understand the importance of scripture.
The very breath of God that breathed life into Adam (Gen. 1:7) is the same breath that breathes life into scripture. Paul teaches us that scripture is good for all things. Living in God’s word is so vitally important because it is the primary tool God uses to speak to us, it’s where he reveals truth, corrects our path, and teaches us how to live lives that honor him.
If I’m honest, it is easy to get caught up by everything I am doing and forget to live in the word. Not just read the word, but take the time to breathe in the truth “breathed out by God.” We can get so busy doing good things, that we forget to meditate on God’s word (Psalm 119).
In the business of this summer, amidst work, time with your family, eating watermelon, and serving at VBS, may we not neglect living in the word.