When I was growing up, I never spent much time reading the Bible. I didn’t have to because any time I had a question, I simply asked my father, who knew more about the Bible than I will ever know. Having a resident expert as a resource convinced me that I didn’t need to read it for myself.
On the first day of seminary, in my first class, as I sat on the first row, my first professor said, “Everyone pull out your bibles and turn to the book of Zephaniah.” All the students immediately opened their Bibles to Zephaniah – except me. My first thought was, “Zephaniah? Is that in the Bible? I’ve never heard of it.” That’s when I knew I had a lot of catching up to do.
When I began to truly read the Bible and make those words my own, I changed. I sincerely believe I became a better man, husband, father, son, brother, and friend by studying the words of our sacred text. As Paul would say, “I became a new creation in Christ.”
The Bible has blessed my life in ways I cannot even begin to explain. I want the same for you.
If you are not consistently reading the Bible, start. Just pick it up, and let God’s words transform your life, answer your problems, give you comfort, guidance, and peace. It’s all there. All you have to do is read.
Centuries ago, King David prayed about the power of scripture to enlighten a soul and give true meaning to life by saying, “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Truer words have never been spoken.
One of the greatest gifts you can ever give yourself is to read the Bible. You will never be the same.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me to make the Bible a part of my everyday routine. Illuminate my understanding, give me wisdom, and show me your will. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
This week Pastor Brian and I begin a new series of sermons on the book of Proverbs, which I’ve always brilliantly summarized as saying, “Seek God’s wisdom, honor your parents, keep your mouth shut, and stay away from loose women.” If you don’t believe me, read it for yourself. I dare you.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.