“I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.” Psalms 119:16
I know it may seem that I am repetitive in my discourse on this blog. You may think I am single minded in my writings because my main subject is the importance of daily reading God’s Word. But the reading of God’s Word has transformed my thinking in such a way that I believe it to be the single greatest thing a Christian can do in order to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord.
Recently I listened to a sermon preached on Luke 24 where Christ is seen after His death. Do you know what He did to help the men who were saddened by His death?
“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he [Jesus] expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27
Yep, Jesus took those men through the SCRIPTURES! I love that! How else are we going to build our faith and trust Him in our walk through this life if we don’t glean from His Word? The reading and the RE-reading of the Bible keeps It alive in our minds.
Hearing this story about Christ teaching the Bible made me smile. It made me “delight” in being a Christian.
Is everything perfect in my life? No. No it is NOT. But I still have joy because I know that Jesus is real. He is my Saviour. He is my Friend. He loves me. He listens to me. He helps me.
I know those things because I read His Word where I am REMINDED of how good He has been and IS.
It wasn’t long ago that I was searching through our documents for a birth certificate. I came across a picture I had found at my mom’s house. It is of my youngest and me when he was under one year of age and I was 30. We are looking at each other in the picture while Amelia is off to the side smiling in front of someone’s dog. That picture stirs something in me. It reminds me of what it was like to hold my son and smell the baby lotion in his hair. I can almost hear his laugh and baby babble when I look at this picture. It brings back some delightful memories of the Amazon and our days as new missionaries. Now Sam has a month left in high school and is going off to college. Those days of my little baby boy are gone, but I can delight in them when I pull out this picture.
And you know what? This is the same thing that can happen to us when we dwell in God’s Word. We are reminded of the time He drew us to Him and saved us. We can remember prayers He has answered and miracles He has performed. We can delight in those memories and they will urge us to NEVER forget that He is most certainly worthy of our devotion and time.
Just read the Word. It will help you and bring you some satisfying joy. I promise.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Numbers 14 / Isaiah 45-46 / Psalm 97 / Romans 15