Is It Important to Open God's Word
Is it Important to Open God’s Word?
Who has time to study the Bible? I mean, really? We have so much going on every single day. Why can’t we just wait until Sunday and let our pastor tell us what it says? He understands it better than we do. Why is it important to open God’s word, read it, digest it and actually study it to gain understanding?
We have good plans. We set good goals. Our desires are good desires. Therefore, we feel sure that God is happy with them and will bless them. But… and that is a BIG BUT… the problem with that is God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. So, our opinions and ideas are skewed by this world. We may place ourselves on a path that God never intended for us to walk. We need to stop placing our faith in our ways and our thoughts.
So, what are we to do?
We are to place our faith in God and the unknown of His plan for us.
We are to trust Him, even though we have no idea where it will lead.
We are walk with Him – taking one step at a time – as He directs us.
That sounds great, but how are we to do that? You know, I can only think of one way that could ever make it possible; get into the Word.
Psalm 119:105 tells us…
Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path.
Think about standing in the darkness of night with only a lantern in your hand. As you hold it up, what can you see? Can you see down the road? Can you see where you are headed? Can you see what is up ahead? No. You can only see to take one step. Once you take that step, the next step becomes illuminated. God’s word is like that. As we read and gain understanding, God reveals our next step. As we take that step, totally trusting in Him and we continue to read and gain understanding, we realize the next step has been illuminated. That is how we walk by faith – one step at a time.
So, why is it important to open God’s word, read it, digest it and actually study it to gain understanding? Because without doing that, you are placing your faith in yourself and your ability to direct your life. Plus, you are missing out! There is nothing better than spending time in the Word and getting to know your Savior in an intimate way. The Bible is the living word – it is alive and it is active. As you read, God’s word becomes a sword (Hebrews 4:12) and it cuts into our innermost parts and exposes the motivations of our heart, bringing about transformation.
Why not give it a try? Find 30 mins a day for the next 21 days to get into the Word? If you don’t know where to start – you might start in the book of John – learning about the deity of Jesus. The entire Bible is a love letter to you. Instead of wishing that God would drop a note down from heaven to tell you what to do, go pick up the letter He has written you and start reading it. Every answer you need is there. Every word of direction you crave is there. Every drop of love you need can be found in the words on those pages.
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