[CF Devotionals]2018-07-28 - Bible Reading

Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Some years ago, I was appointed to head a vital committee at a local church. The pastor set up a meeting with me to discuss my responsibilities. Expecting to take many notes on my upcoming role, I took along a thick notebook. I was prepared for anything. To my surprise, the pastor opened the meeting by asking me about my Bible reading plan. He wanted to know if I was studying the Bible daily. He wanted to make sure that I was using a disciplined approach. This pastor told me that whatever I did on the committee was secondary to my own spiritual development by systematic Bible study.

In the Book of Romans, Paul was giving early Christians similar advice. He was encouraging them to read the Scriptures that were available to them at the time. For us, today, the Bible is full of the guidance on how we are to live and function as Christians. In the Bible we find examples of people, such as Moses, David, and Peter, who struggled to live lives that were pleasing to God. Our ultimate example of how we are to live is found in the four Gospels describing the life of Christ.

Are you spending time each day reading God's word? Are you studying His book?

[email richard] Richard Moser, Jr

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