Many are challenged by the faith-based story shared by a friend on Facebook. Thousands like and comment on such posts everyday.
Others simply forget or allow other worldly priorities to take precedence. Don’t let that happen to you! For if you skip our on feeding your soul, you’ll slowly starve yourself to death.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
(Hebrews 4:12 NIV)
There are so many important things that demand to be prioritized in our lives everyday. Our jobs demand a certain schedule and a hard days work. Our kids demand quality time and our spouses quality conversation. Our bodies demand good food and a full night’s sleep. And if we ever neglect one of these priorities in order to fulfill another one, we will surely notice the effects.
Similarly our souls demand spiritual nourishment daily. This is so much more than a pithy scripture verse that gives us warm fuzzies. The verse you hear on Christian radio is nothing more than a bite from the appetizer. One bite won’t satisfy your hunger. The cute post about Jesus (but never shares any scripture) may sound biblical. But because it contains none of God’s word, it will do nothing more for your soul than a sniff of dinner cooking in the oven would do for your starving stomach.
The weekly sermon at Church won’t keep you nourished. That would be like eating a big meal for lunch on Sunday and expecting it to keep you full all week.
The latest Christian self-help book won’t do it either. It may contain some Bible verses, but their presented as support for an author’s writing which is not inspired by God.
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:20, 21)
Read your Bible everyday. Choose a book and systematically read through that book one chapter at a time until it is finished. Then choose another book and do the same. Read slow enough to savor every word. Read consistent enough to take in the complete context of each chapter.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16, 17)
As you read God’s Word, pray. Ask Him to help it make sense to you. Ask Him to show you where your life needs to change. Ask Him to help you to trust Him more. Ask Him to help you understand Him more. The more you read the Bible, you will make decisions with more faith. The more you read the Bible, the less you’ll give in to temptation. The more you read the Bible, the more full your soul will feel.
So what’s keeping you from starting a daily reading routine in your life? I’d love to hear how reading the Bible everyday has blessed your life. It might even be the encouragement someone else needs to get started. So share a comment below to keep the conversation going!