As a new believer, I remember struggling to spend time reading God’s Word. Not only did I have a difficult time knowing what to read — and an even tougher time understanding it — but I was also influenced by many distractions that kept me from reading and meditating on it.
I’ve found, and continue to find, that the more time I dedicate to reading God’s Word, the more alive He becomes to me. The more time I spend with Him, the more He is able to work through me.
When you have experienced the power of God’s Word in your life, you recognize that you don’t want to live without it. You begin to understand that you can’t live the life He has called you to live without it. You begin to thirst and hunger for more. It becomes a pleasure that is truly substantial.
Life will interrupt us constantly with distractions which will keep us from taking time out to enjoy God’s Word. Guarding ourselves against things that try to take the place of doing that is of the most importance because Scripture strengthens us and gives us God’s perspective on life.
Hebrews 4:12 says that "the word of God is alive and powerful. There is no greater thing than knowing Jesus. Therefore, there is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than spending time in God’s word and allowing it to immerse us, change us, and draw us closer to Christ.
Heavenly Father, thank you for Your Word. Thank You Holy Spirit for giving me understanding of the things of God through the Word. Give me wisdom and understanding to know and desire the things of God. Amen.
Go Deeper — Think about some of the things that might be keeping you from spending time in God’s Word. If there is a possibility of limiting it, then take action this week to do that and replace it by spending time with God. It doesn’t need to be a lot of time, as long as it is time offered to God alone.
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