Just Read Your Bible!

Psalm 119:105 (ESV): Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 1:2 (ESV): But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Matthew 24:35 (ESV): Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

I was absolutely dreading for this past Monday to arrive because I knew that it was not going to be an easy day. I was having a difficult time trying to enjoy my Sunday because I was worried and already stressed about Monday. I turned to Matthew chapter 6 and read the words of Jesus: “Do not worry about your life.” “Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Scripture just didn’t help because I had already made up my mind that Monday was going to be a terrible day! So God let me wallow in my misery but during the night He began the work of restoring my mind and my faith.

As I woke up on Monday morning, I kept thinking about this one scripture from Psalm 118:24 (KJV): This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. I knew that God is bigger than any problems that I must face so I made the decision to turn my fear, worries, and doubts over to Him. And instead of logging onto my computer and seeing how badly I had fared in my NCAA brackets, I opened up my Bible and began to read.

It’s sometimes so easy to fall out of the habit of daily Bible reading and when you start doing it again, you become amazed at how much better your quality of life can be. I’m not suggesting that you won’t face challenges and difficulties, for you certainly will. But you will be able to face those trying moments with the peace of Christ and the assurance of God’s Word. By being grounded in God’s word you are better equipped to face the many snares and fiery darts of the evil one and this fallen world. Starting the day by reading my Bible certainly helped prepare my mind for the day ahead and it turned out to be a pretty good day, a day that “the Lord had made.”

And the day just kept getting better. I was reading and studying late on Monday night when one of my daughters came into the room and we started to talk. We discussed her day at school and how she had responded to several kids who held atheistic beliefs. She and I talked about how unforgiving and condemning Christians can be and we thought about how we could better respond to people in society that need to know the love, mercy, and grace of Jesus Christ. We talked about different religious groups in our community and we also discussed some hot-button issues in our society today. And the more we talked, the more we committed ourselves to trying to become more understanding, merciful and kind to others, regardless of whatever background they come from. Those are the qualities that we must show to an unbelieving and lost world if we are to call ourselves followers of Christ.

So the day that I dreaded turned out to be a blessed day from God. And it all started with opening up my Bible and letting God begin to change me from the inside out.

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