My husband and I have a joke we like to throw around with each other once in a while. If I wake up in a bad mood or I am snippy with the kids, he will look at me and say… “Haven’t seen you reading your Bible in a few days.” Then there will be times when he is short with me or dismissive with the kids, I’ll side eye him and say…“Man, someone needs to get in the Word today.” It’s our way of breaking the tension and we both usually start laughing.
We laugh…and it’s funny…because it’s true.There is something wild about the Bible. It’s not like any other book. It’s a book that produces supernatural change in a person. A book that judges our hearts (Hebrews 4:12), produces faith (Romans 10:17), gives freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17) , leads in wisdom (Psalm 19:7), softens hearts (Ezekiel 36:26), gives hope (Jeremiah 29:11), directs our steps (Psalm 119:05) prophesizes, is alive and active, and God works through it (Hebrews 4:12). I don’t claim to know how it all works. I just know that it’s the living, breathing word of God and it changes you. Even if I am not reading verses about kindness or a parable on love, as long as I am spending time in the Word and with God, my attitude, my countenance, and what comes out of my mouth is just…better.
Reading the Bible is one of, if not the most, important ways of connecting with God. We have so much other nonsense going on in our heads throughout the day, we must combat the chaos with the truth (John 17:17) that comes from the promises of God. Everyday. Whether you read in the morning, between kids’ naps or at the end of the day…whether it’s for 10 minutes or 30 minutes or an hour, making time for the Word is maintenance for our souls.
When I am not reading it daily, it’s so easy to slip into my default fleshly behavior. When I am, my mind gets renewed, my priorities align and honestly, I am much more pleasant to be around. In 2 Timothy 3:16, it tells us that, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and useful for teaching, correction and training in righteousness.” In John 15:7 it says, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” The benefits of a close relationship with God through His word are irreplaceable.
So can I encourage you today to get in the Word? Everyday. I love the quote by Charles Spurgeon that says, “A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”
Ain’t that the truth.
by Lisa Duvall
Lisa has been attending Kingsway and serving on the prayer team since she moved to South Jersey in 2015. She is a freelance writer and former television reporter who now gets to spend her days at home with her two small children. Lisa is also passionate about the pro-life movement, volunteering with a local group called the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants NJ, and freelances for pro-life online sites.