How much of your time is committed to reading Scripture?
How much is God’s Word included in your everyday life? Does it rest on the foundation of your knowledge and understanding of His Word?
For some, being led and counseled and nourished by Scripture is a normal, healthy discipline practiced each and every day. But, speculating on this, we can say that this is not always the case.
It is interesting that we will readily testify to a perceived reality of God’s Word as a foundation part of who we are as believers, and yet what we generally mean by “foundational” is our understanding of Scripture, rather than allowing the message to routinely speak into our lives.
In gratitude the Psalmist acknowledges, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). In reliance he confesses, “I have hidden your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
In order for Scripture to be “a lamp to our feet and a light to our path”, so that we might have the philosophy of God’s Word in such a way that it is wholly “hidden in our hearts” (with the goal of total faithfulness to our God), we must continually and intentionally use our time to allow our Father ministering to us through the Word. Certainly, He ministers and speaks to us through His Spirit and through our life experiences, but it all must rest on our knowledge of His Word. This is formative and central in our lives to what God intents our lives to be.
So as we read the Bible, what is our purpose? What is our aim? What is our goal? How we approach Scripture is crucial. Do we read God’s Word so that we may master it? Or so that we might be mastered by it? Do we study so as to gain support of our presuppositions? Or so that we might be filled with God?
At the beginning of each new year, many may have made renewed commitments to read and study God’s Word. But as time goes on . . . ! Then it is very important that all of us need to encourage each other in this. Therefore we need to pray that we will be committed to being a people of Scripture-knowledge (continually being fed by Almighty God through His Holy Word), but have the goal, in our reading and esp. study, to have as the utmost goal a closeness and faithfulness to God.
God honors genuineness and faithfulness. Let our love of Him lead us in this. — from an article by Jason Reeves, Tyler, TX (adapted)