2007-01-31 - Our Spiritual Food
As David said, we have been discussing how integral is daily Bible reading to our spiritual walk. We need to always turn to His Word in all situations, good or bad. In the only book of the Bible devoted solely to talking about the Bible itself, Psalm 119, the Psalmist writes:
Psa 119:24 (NRSV) Your decrees are my delight, they are my counselors.
God's Word strengthens us when we are weak:
Psa 119:28 (NRSV) My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
His Word corrects us when we are on the wrong path:
2 Tim 3:16 (NRSV) All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
It enables us to do good works of service:
2 Tim 3:17 (NRSV) so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
The Bible judges us, shows our heart's true colors:
Heb 4:12 (NRSV) Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Sometimes we think that we can't read the Word because we don't enjoy it, or because we feel we are not getting anything out of it. But actually unless we do keep reading the Word, the desire to read it won't come back. We can't afford to go on feelings when it comes to reading the Scriptures. And even when we don't feel we are getting anything from what we read, it is being implanted in our hearts for future use.
Sometimes we feel that we can't read the Bible because our faith is not strong. But as David said earlier, we get things backwards! Unless we do read it regularly, that faith won't become strong! We need a regular diet of daily reading of God's Word to us, to nurture us spiritually. We can't grow without it. Without regular study of God's Word, we will stagnate spiritually.
For those of you who aren't reading the Bible every day, I have a challenge for you. For one month, read every day, even if it's just one verse. Pray before you read, that God will apply it to Your heart and life. And think about it after you read it. Sometimes it's interesting to read a verse or passage in several different versions. And reading cross-references helps us retain the gist of what we have read. See if a month of daily Bible-reading doesn't change you. I would be interested in hearing about any experiences you have with this.
Dear Lord, help us to have a love for Your Word. Help us read it consistently, and apply it to our lives. In Jesus' name, amen.