PJ’s Daily Devotional for Saturday, March 25, 2017.
My personal habit of Bible Reading is to daily read two chapters from the Old Testament and then a chapter from the New Testament. This is my starting point, like tithing is the beginning point of our family giving. Not the goal, but the beginning of the conversation about faithful Christian living.
I keep the tools of good study around me so that my reading can go deeper as the Lord leads me. My mentor taught me to continuously (day after day, year after year) read through the Word of God; he aims to do so in a different translation each year. All of this in addition to studying for the teaching and proclamation ministry, as well as my additional studies. I not only read the Bible, but I read a lot of books about the Bible.
I am a person who lives by principles, so appropriately I have a principle for my days regarding my reading & studying: Bible first; time with Jesus above all!
I strive to not read anything else (on my computer, phone, in any other book) until I have prayed and read my Bible; I strive to be up before everyone else to spend time with the Son of God before my own family. My morning time is very important. This is not a hard and fast rule (because I am not a legalist), but it is a principle because spending time with Jesus is a priority to me, and I believe that apart from Him I can do nothing.
Being in a rhythm like this (side note: find one that works for your culture and situation) is so important to living a life of fruit bearing for the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). Listen to our Bible Reading today: “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 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. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:11-13).
This is a companion Scripture to Second Timothy 3:16-17 that emphasizes the divine nature and power of the Bible. This is no ordinary book, though modern criticism and postmodern skepticism had led many to miss out on the truth and value of knowing and encountering the Bible.
Before the Bible is about you, the Bible is about God! But here are three ways reading your Bible daily benefits you:
- There is a great rest to be found in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ when we daily enter the rhythm of being still and knowing that He is God through His God-breathed Word.
- There is a clarifying conviction that comes from reading His Word and allowing the Word to read you.
- There is a counselor’s comfort that comes from inviting the Holy Spirit to be with you as you encounter God through His living and active Word.
As Hebrews 4:16 concludes today’s reading, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Every morning, with confidence, I draw near the throne of grace to receive the sufficiency of His grace and the newness of His mercy, because every day I have a deep need for God. The days you think you don’t have a deep need for God, for His grace and His mercy, are the days you need it the most.
Draw near today!