We have a sponge in our kitchen that is pretty much useless. When we try to use it to clean the counter, it just pushes the water around. I can’t help but think about how Christians sometimes act like that. We go to church, read our Bible, and everything else Christians leading a godly life should be doing, but it all just goes over our heads. We don’t soak any of it in and as a result don’t grow in our relationship with God.
But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4, ESV)
Many of us, unfortunately, view reading the Bible as a chore. At times I subconsciously fall into that mindset. I tend to squeeze my Bible reading time in while I’m eating breakfast or lunch. This is fine if I’m having a busy day and wouldn’t have a chance to read the Bible otherwise, but it’s always best to set aside time solely for reading God’s Word. Because, frankly, I focus more on my food than on what I’m reading!
Do you have a devotion time every day? Maybe early in the morning, or right before you go to bed? Do you spend time in prayer or in God’s Word? Is church a waste of time in your opinion? We like to call ourselves Christians, but we don’t really think about what it involves. It goes past saying a prayer when you first become saved. It’s a way of life. It’s our relationship with God, and a constant yearning to know Him better, to live more like Christ. It means we “hunger and thirst for righteousness“. Does that describe you?
If we’re not immersed in God’s Word, it goes beyond having a poor relationship with our Lord and Savior. It leaves us vulnerable to the wiles of Satan. Since our minds are not focused on God, it’s open to whatever sinful thoughts and desires Satan may set in front of us.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8, NIV)
Immerse yourself in God’s Word. The Bible is powerful. It gives encouragement and hope. It reminds us that we are never alone. It lifts us up when we’re feeling down. And it is a constant reminder of our Father’s love for us. It is the living, breathing word of God.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:2)
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. (1 Timothy 4:13)
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:10-11)