We live in a time when knowledge of God’s Word disappears quicker than steam off a frosty roof on a sunny winter morn. I wonder if illiterate peasants of millennia past knew more of the Scriptures than the average Joe or Jen today? Society seems on its high horse about being in the dark and out to lunch, as if knowing and believing the Bible makes you a bigoted hypocrite.
Some imagine the Bible jam packed with riddles and puzzles. Codes to be deciphered. Mysteries to be solved. If it’s that hard, why try? But is God’s Word so perplexing? Hear the Bible itself–‘For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off…But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it’ (Deut. 30:11,14).
We walk around gasping for breath if we haven’t exercised our spiritual lungs, making the personal commitment to sacrifice time away from certain modern distractions to focus on what God has to say. To open our ears to His voice. To focus our eyes on what’s been written for us from Him, with our hearts receptive to what He wants.
Today is the best day to decide to dig deeper into your Bible. Don’t be unnerved. Keep reading. Hear His voice. Follow what He says. Don’t work yourself into a lather if the madding crowd heads off in the wrong direction, smack dab into a dead-end street to you-know-where.
Keep your eyes on Jesus. How many of His own followed Him to the cross and the tomb? Not many. Just a few. Be one who stays close by Him. You’ll never be lonely with Jesus right beside you. After all, He’s given you His Word.
Thank you, Lord, for being with us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
These words were like talking to a friend. A friend who is grounded yet humble enough to know that they need the words too. I read a few of these and I really like the voice and message. I love the thought to not overthink it — because God gave us His word. So good! Thank you! – Jackie
Thank you, Jackie! Your encouragement so appreciated by me. Blessings to you from our Lord Jesus in every way! John Fischer