As a child of God you should be reading your bible regularly. How often do you? Our days are so busy with work, raising a family, volunteer activities, and a host of other activities, we just don’t seem to have the time to read anymore. But I want to encourage you to find the time. Maybe you need to get up a little earlier in the morning or stay up a few minutes longer in the evening. Maybe turn that time-robber off we call the TV. It is amazing how many hours the TV robs us of quality time. Maybe while you are eating lunch or taking a break from a day’s activity. If we think and examine our lives we can find the time.
The bible tells us in Psalm 119:105; that God’s word “is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Two interesting images here; life is a path and God’s Word is the light that helps us follow that path.
We are told we live in an enlightened age; but, we live in a dark world and only God’s light can guide us. Obedience to the Word keeps us walking in the light.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
– 1 John 1:5-10
Let me encourage you to read five chapters a day. If you read five chapters six days a week you will read the complete Bible in about 9-10 months. Depending on how fast a reader you are you can read five chapters in the time it takes you to watch your favorite half-hour sitcom.
So start reading. Let the words come alive to you. Jumping off the page as you store up God’s Word in your heart (Psalm 119:11).
Together in the adventure and challenge to disciple men – Mike.