I’ll be honest here, sometimes, days go by and I haven’t picked up the Bible one time. There have also been weeks and months when that happened. I can say I treasure the Word of God, that I believe in the Word of God, that I have been transformed by the Word of God, that I have been healed by the Word of God, but sometimes, it’s just easy to put it aside. There, I’ve said it. Rick Warren has this incredible reminder for me:
“The Bible is far more than a doctrinal guidebook.
God’s Word generates life,
frightens the Devil,
cleanses our minds,
brings things into being,
and guarantees our future forever!
We cannot live without the Word of God!
Never take it for granted.
You should consider it as essential to your life as food.
Job said, “I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread”.
I have to confess that I have taken it for granted. Confess and ask for forgiveness and maybe ask the hard question of myself – why is it so easy to put aside? What is really more important to me? I am actually stumped on that. I have had times when I didn’t read the Bible because I was miffed at God or downright angry or disappointed. I am none of those right now and yet… I can’t blame it on busyness, because sometimes I find time to watch episodes of Breaking Bad when I could have used the time to read the Bible. I wouldn’t dream of missing a meal and yet I should consider it as essential to my life as food is. More than essential.
Perhaps, reading the Bible and studying it and praying and meditating on God’s Word are called spiritual disciplines because we have to discipline ourselves to make use of them. I believe every word of what Rick Warren wrote about the Word of God and I know I cannot live without it but I am lacking in discipline. I remember, though, when I first became a Christian, that I couldn’t put His Word down. It was new to me and I was enthralled and curious. I lack that passion now and I dearly want it back. More important than my physical healing is my spiritual renewal. I want to return to my first love with a passion I haven’t had in years. What about you? Do you find it easy to put off getting into God’s Word? Are other things more urgent and pressing? Do you have advice that would help me? I would love to hear it.
Lord, You know my heart so much better than I ever could. If there is something there keeping me from Your Word would You cause me to see it? Would You also forgive me for being lukewarm and being so easily distracted from spending time in Your Word. Help me, not to just purpose to read, but help me to fall in love with Your Word all over again. Please. Amen.