Have you ever received a love letter from someone you hardly knew? Depending on the circumstance, it’s a surprise that could be at once unsettling and even a bit creepy, right?! But one received from someone you love is a joy. I received the first love letter from my husband in my barn on a beautiful summer evening, nestled in a bouquet of flowers and placed lovingly on my horse’s stall, right where he was sure I would find it. That was a very good day.
This past weekend, Andy shared that God speaks personally to us through the Bible—God’s personal love letter to each of his children. We have an opportunity every day to receive it with gratitude and excitement and eagerly read this personal revelation of his unceasing love for us. But do we?
There have been phases in my own life where I felt drawn to God’s Word, but instead of prioritizing it, I had more excuses than motivation. A few weeks ago, when Lead Pastor Ben Snyder discussed the four stages of spiritual growth, I realized I was stuck in the immature phase of my spiritual development. By not taking time to read God’s love letter to me every day, I was robbing myself of the opportunity to grow deeper in my faith and to gain greater peace and courage in hard times.
Then it happened. Motivated by Ecclesiastes 4:12, my husband and I decided to live life in a three-stranded cord with the Lord at the center.
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
We made reading the Bible a priority and have since learned that our newfound dependence on God is the vaccination we needed against fear, anger, pride, and selfishness. It brings us joy, patience, and clarity of purpose—obtainable no other way.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (AMP)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; 17 so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
1 Timothy 4:8 (AMP)
For physical training is of some value, but godliness (spiritual training) is of value in everything and in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and for the life to come.
Do you prioritize reading God’s Word every day? If not, why? Are you too busy? If so, I encourage you to rethink your priorities and put reading God’s words to you first.
Rearrange your schedule to spend 30 minutes every day reading the Bible. Before you begin, say a prayer of praise and ask God for a deeper understanding of his will for your life and the desire to obey him. Then pray for opportunities to know him deeper and serve him better.
Consider reading one portion from an Old Testament book and one from a New Testament book every morning. Here’s one if you are interested.
Dear Lord, I’m sorry for taking so long to learn the importance of spending time with you, reading your love letter to me every morning. I recognize that I can serve you and love you with greater effectiveness when I connect with you personally through your Word each day. I’m sorry I have failed to do that, and thank you for waiting for me so patiently. Thank you for now blessing me a thousand fold for finally being obedient. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
This post was written by Martha Smith, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study. Martha describes herself as a lover of Christ who likes to share faith with others.
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