I want to remind you that every time you open your bible you are reading and study the actual words of the one and only God.
As the great church father, Augustine, stated, “When the Bible speaks, God speaks.”
This may seem elementary and obvious but I’m convinced that often we fail to grasp its importance.
First of all, it’s the bible that is the word of God, not books or songs or sermons about the bible. Books, songs, and sermons about the bible can help you (See Ephesians 4:11-16) but they cannot excuse you from immersing yourself faithfully in the bible for yourself. Know it; love it; treasure it.
Second, you do not have to fret and worry about what it is that God wants to say to you—he’s said what he wants to say; it’s in the bible. When you have done your homework and really understand a passage in its context, then you know what God wants to say—what he wants to say to you.
When you truly embrace these two principles they will change your life.
Your priorities will be clear—reading/listening and studying the Bible will have a significant place in your life.
Your filter for making choices will be clear. You will not be tossed about on the waves of emotions and popular opinion. You will not worry and wonder about what it is God wants you to do. He’s told you what He wants you to do—it’s in the Bible and you’ve studied it and heard Him.
Now remember, getting all fired up today and starting to read your Bible is not going to suddenly turn you into a sage and a saint, but string together a lifetime of this and it will. After all, you can’t walk with God for a lifetime and it not change you. (Ask Enoch, Genesis 5:24).
- The ONE THING for today: Seek faithfully to understand your bible for it is God speaking to you.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)