The bible is actually a really weird and crazy book. There is some wild stuff in there. And you’ll find God is in it, for God and His Word are one. Once you read it with the right reasons and attitude and search for Jesus within it’s pages, I guarantee you will discover and experience far more than you could ever dream, think or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
C.S Lewis wrote, “it’s not a question of learning a subject, but of steeping ourselves in a Personality”. That personality is God Himself.
The bible says that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) and that, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17)
But there is something to be mindful of when it comes to reading the bible and hearing God’s speak. It’s the fact that you will see change and breakthrough according to how much we put in and how much time we spend.
It’s a bit like exercise. Our second daughter is an exercise physiologist and she regularly tells us that only doing one session of exercise doesn’t change you, and diets you can’t live with day after day aren’t going to help either. It is rather consistent exercise over a period of weeks, months and years that dramatically changes us.
“The same is true with the Bible. A little bible reading won’t really change us, because it is the consistent time with Jesus and the daily reading and doing what it says day after day, month after month, year after year that changes us. “Reading the bible is very much like eating food. Food is fuel for the body and in the same way the bible is fuel for the soul, and without it the soul will shrink into a weakened state, just as our muscles do without exercise.” (Jack Deere) We essentially will become “flabby and weak!”
One of the first key steps to spiritual health is taking in the right fuel day after day. The second step is using the fuel to make right, often hard choices every day. When we do that it exercises our faith muscles to grow and develop, which takes time, but it’s in the repeated use and choosing to read and obey God’s word, that produces Christ-like character.
If we want to hear the voice of God on a regular basis then we will have to become intimately acquainted with the written Word of God. As Kenneth Hagin said, ”In consistency lies the power”
Today, make up your mind to set aside a regular time each day to spend time with Jesus and to meditate in the scriptures so you can hear His voice. Holy Spirit will remind and bring the words you read to your mind, not only to guide you but also to save you from a whole lot of trouble and heartache when you then choose do what He says.
Prayer: Lord please help me to make reading your word a priority in my life. There is so many times when I desperately need to hear your voice and receive your guidance. Remind me that hearing your voice each day begins in spending time in your word. In Jesus Name Amen.