When I was little I vividly remember reading a little devotion every night. My sister and I would pile up in our bunk beds and one of my parents would read from a children’s devotional we had. I still have that book to this day! My parents were instilling in us how important it is to read God’s word every day.
Somewhere along the way I forgot that. Somewhere along the way I let other things become more important. I let other books become more important.
Confession: I am an avid reader. I love books. I would keep every book I read if I had the space for it. Ever seen Beauty and the Beast? Yea, I dream about that library! But with this love of reading, I somehow missed out on the most important book. With this love of reading I sometimes put fiction before my Father!
It wasn’t until my late late college years that I realized that I was claiming to be a Christian and had grown up in the church, but I had no idea what God’s Word said (other than the typical stories you learn in Sunday School or verses you see plastered around social media). I began to realize that I NEEDED the Bible in my daily life if I was going to truly live for Him.
Living a Godly life without the Word of God is impossible. It’s like playing a game without the rule book. You can play it and make things up as you go along, you can play the game based off of what the other players remember of the rules. BUT if you don’t read the rule book then you really aren’t playing the game to it’s full potential and you may miss out on vital, “game-changing” points of the game, right?
God’s word is our bread and water. It is our life source. If we don’t know it, if we don’t read it and study it and find comfort in it then how can we expect to live a healthy Christian life? How do we expect to live like Christ and to be shaped daily if we aren’t reading His words? The Bible is our “rule book” if you will. Without it we are just living based on what others may say is “Biblical living”. But we don’t really know do we? We must read it for ourselves!
I see so many people who go to church, say they love the Lord and even tell others about Christ BUT they don’t read their Word. I get when reading isn’t a favorite activity or when having time becomes an issue. I get those excuses and I’ve most definitely used the “I don’t have enough time” reason. But at the same time, the thing about God’s word is that when you start reading, your soul craves more. You can’t help but want to read more. When you make time for Him you end up wanting to spend more and more time with Him.
I’ve heard that it takes 30 days to create a habit and one day to break it. While I don’t know the validity of this stat, I can tell you that for my life it seems pretty accurate and especially accurate in my time in the Word!
It never fails, when I read the words my Father has given me to live by I feel better, I live better, it’s easier for me to make the right decision in a hard situation. When I miss a day of reading and spending time in His Word, I tend to get grumpier faster, I tend to not care about others, and I tend to not want to read His Word. Yikes.
If we have time to binge watch our favorite TV show on Netflix or Hulu (I am totally guilty of this!) or if we have time to scroll through Facebook or Instagram for thirty minutes, then we absolutely have time to spend in His Word!
We know that the Bible is a “lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path” (Psalm 119:105-107), yet so many days we choose to walk in darkness. When we open our Bibles every day we are doing more than opening a book. We are opening our hearts to be lead by our Father. We are opening our lives to His correction and leadership. We are choosing Him over anything else we could be doing in that moment.
Not reading God’s Word is not allowing those words to mold your heart and life into being more like Christ. Not reading His “rule book” is detrimental to our walk as Christians.
I grew up in church, have called myself a Christian for MANY years but only a few years ago did I really grasp the importance of dedicating time in His Word every single day.
I pray that God stirs your heart to spend more time with Him. I pray that your passion for His Word increases and that you learn to rest in the words He has given us to live by.
I was recently challenged to read through the Bible chronologically. While I can’t say I have done a perfect job of reading every day (although I’m proud to say I have only missed a few days here and there), I CAN say that this challenge has renewed in me a passion for reading God’s Word. Will you join me in this journey of reading through the Bible this year? You can find the reading plan I am using here.