There is nothing more important on your to do list today than spending time with the God who saved you. There are no feelings or emotions that time with your creator will not improve. There are no circumstances in life he cannot speak into. Many of us know these things, we’ve heard them over and over in our lives, but we still don’t read our Bibles.
Time spent meditating on God’s word will bring more life, healing, rest, strength, happiness, worth, inspiration, and love than time spent in any other activity, yet we still don’t open the book.
I’m on a mission to end this. Our culture needs God’s word. You NEED God’s word. You cannot live without out, at least not a life of meaning and eternal significance. So for this week’s blog post I’m going to do just that.
This is not your substitute for diving into the Bible this week. Instead, I hope something from this post encourages you to open that book and read. I hope it’s a reminder that you really do miss the precious time spent reading those words and that you’ll get lost in his love on the page. But for now, here are a few of the verses I’ve marked in my own Bible over the years.
I’ve typed out seven passages along with a few thoughts about why it resonates with me. Read one each day this week or read them all now, I don’t really care. What I do care about is that after you’re done reading this you will physically walk to your bookshelf or bedside table, or wherever you keep your Bible, you will open it, you will bow your head in prayer, and then you will read the words.
You will read God’s story and recognize how incredibly blessed you are to have a copy in your home. And you will fall more in love with him today than you ever have before. Because if we’re pursuing him, we’re always falling more in love with him.
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
What do you desire in life? Good health? Financial security? Comfort? Impact? Love? If we believe God’s word is truth, we will also desire his wisdom, and apparently nothing we desire can compare with wisdom. How are you pursuing God’s wisdom in your daily life?
Isaiah 29:13 – 14
The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught. Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
Did you catch that? He will astound you with wonder upon wonder. Imagine what that would be like. Then reflect on your life the last week. Have you had food on the table? A roof over your head? Clothes on your back? When did these things cease to become wonders upon wonders. People everywhere in this world today, would be astounded to have all of those things at one time. Don’t lose site of the wonder it is to have all the blessings you have.
Esther 4: 12-14
When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Mordecai’s words here have become quite famous, and for good reason. We don’t always know why we’re in the position we’re in in life, but who knows, maybe you are in your position for such a time as this. Maybe everything you’ve ever learned or experienced in life is preparing you for the mission God has ahead of you, he just hasn’t shared with you what that mission is yet.
Keep your faith. We entrust our lives to his hands and await the day when he might say, “maybe you are in your position for such a time as this.”
Luke 9: 42-43
Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.
Jesus does many miracles during his earthly ministry, most of us know that. But here’s why this passage has been one of my favorites for awhile: Luke writes the story about this absolutely amazing miracle in one sentence.
Can you imagine seeing something like this is real life and summing it up in one sentence? I see two important lessons in that. First, Jesus’ healing wasn’t the primary focus, his ability and willingness to heal people wasn’t the end goal, it was simply a tool to point people to his greater purpose which was that people would know who God was and what God would do for them. That they would repent and wrap their lives around God.
And secondly, to me it shows how common these healings were. Not that it was any less miraculous, but it’s almost as if Luke has seen so many miracles it wasn’t hard to summarize it with only a few words. What if we lived our life that way? What if the extraordinary things were daily things? What if we saw God move in our lives so much we didn’t even have to think to give him credit for the little and the big things, it just happened. It’s not crazy, it’s God. He gets the glory, and it’s normal to see his hand in everything.
But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
Whether you were aware of it or not, before you began your new life as a follower of Christ you were a slave to sin. A slave. That’s pretty strong language, and it’s entirely accurate. We lived in sin and it ruled our lives. But then Jesus came and took that slavery away and replaced it with his righteousness so that you can live a life of freedom. Jesus not only took your sin and gave you eternal life, he set you FREE.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
No where in the Bible does it say that after you’ve surrendered your life to Jesus things will get easy. This verse in fact says the exact opposite, in this world you will have trouble.
But the hope he tells us to take heart in is that he won. Notice it doesn’t say I will overcome the world. It says I have overcome the world. Jesus has already won.
Whatever you’re struggling with, give it to him, he has already won and he wants to take that burden for you. There’s no reason to keep fighting in a battle that’s already been won. Fall at his feet, celebrate his victory and give your life to him.
1 John 5: 13-15
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask– we know that we have what we asked of him.
He is the God who hears. Every thought you’ve had, every frustration toward him you’ve muttered under your breath, every sigh of relief and word of thanks you’ve said– he has heard.
Every prayer you’ve prayed whether it was to mend a broken heart or to celebrate your wildest dreams coming true–he has heard. There is so much comfort in knowing we worship a God who hears us.
Now it’s your turn to grab your Bible and start reading. Ask God to share what he’d like you to hear today through his word and see what comes up. Wherever you end up, would you share the verse with me in the comments below? I’d love to see where God leads us this week.
In the meantime, I’ll be praying for you friend, and ask that God continues to bless you abundantly.
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