Think for a moment about the life you are living: work, school, sports, and homework for many of us. When you finally get a chance to relax, what are you doing with your time? Checking the latest stories on Snapchat? Scanning through your Instagram feed? At the end of the day you’re tired. You want to close your eyes and go to bed. But have you thought one second about the One who woke you up this morning? Have you given any of your time to him? Personal devotions in the life of a Christian are a struggle. Yet they are important. Prayer is one component of personal devotions, but in order to know the one you are praying to, you must read his word.
God communicates with us in his holy and inspired word. If you feel you can’t go on in life, God’s word says, “My grace is sufficient for thee” (2 Cor. 12:9). If you are feeling alone, he says, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5). If you say you’re not smart enough, God says that he has given us wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30). Maybe you are stressed with the busyness of your life; God writes to us that he will supply all our needs (Phil. 4:19). These are just some examples of the conversations God has with us in his word. Through his word, he comforts those that are hurting, encourages us in our Christian walk, shows us how to live in accordance with his will, and teaches us how to love others.
The word of God shows us our sin. In Exodus 32, God’s people are bowing down to golden calves while God is speaking to them. Can you believe it? Well, the same is true for us. So often we get caught up in the “idols” of this world and ignore God while he is talking to us. Pray for forgiveness.
God’s word is so powerful; it changes us. As you fellowship more and more with God, he begins to change your heart. Charles Spurgeon writes, “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture: the book widens and deepens within our years.” As you read scripture more and more, you will start to notice different things. Read it. You begin to feel more confident, knowing that you are the child of a God who is the creator of all things. You begin to feel more positive, knowing that God will provide you with all good things. You become less anxious about the storms and waves of this life because you see that God will be with you and follow you through each storm; you only need to trust in him. You begin to notice the little things in life around you and begin to be thankful for each thing. You begin to see what an awesome Father you have. Read it. When a person spends time with Jesus, he begins to act like Jesus.
Our journey in this life is short and not always easy. Lean on God’s word. His words for us never fail. Put down the earthly pleasures of this world that distract us from God. Spend time with the one who cares for you most in this life. Have you given one thought to your creator and God today? Read his word, and he will give you exactly what you need.
Originally published January 2020, Vol. 79 No. 1