Essential, Mandatory, Necessary. All words that have been used to express our need for reading God’s word. Well, you can tell someone that and it would be completely true. But they might not connect to it just because they’re told that it is one of those three words.
I never was a reader growing up but I remember when that all changed. In March of 2011 God took complete reign of my life. He changed it in ways that I never would have imaged; the biggest being my acquired liking of reading books- and mainly God’s word. It didn’t stop there. My desire to read has continued to grow as each day passes and I’m confident it will not stop for years.
As my “want to” increased I also felt a need to. God’s word sustains every part of the christian’s life. It is the sustenance that was needed in my spiritually empty life. An epiphany was had when I no longer heard those words (Essential, Mandatory, Necessary) but they became true in my life. The words met reality and became true.
Each day is new and I continue to enjoy the Gospel through the Old Testament (O.T.) and I love finding road markers for the savior. It is like a treasure hunt with extremely sweet results. It gives me something to search for as I read. And as I unveil the treasure of Jesus’ Gospel I begin to taste what the Psalmist says, “How sweet Your word is to my taste—sweeter than honey in my mouth.” (Ps 119:103) Seeing the Gospel is like enjoying the finest of sweetness. It is the sweetness of the Gospel.
In 1 Samuel, King Saul makes an oath that neither he nor any of the Israelites will eat anything until he had victory lest they be cursed. As they walk through the wilderness they find that it’s floor was covered with honey. Jonathan, his son, had not heard him make this oath so instinctively he gets honey on his stick and begins to eat of it. At once the soldiers begin to question him but his response is this,
1: My dad has done this stupid thing and hurt his people (my summary)
2: This honey gave me energy.
Sustenance- God’s word is not only like honey in it’s sweetness, but in it’s power to sustain and renew our energy just as the physical honey renewed Jonathan after their battle. (1 Sam 14:24-29)
In Psalm 19 the Psalmist says that the words of The Lord are more desirable than gold…and sweeter than honey from the honeycomb. Those are things of great richness. His words are as valuable and profitable as gold yet pleasant and sweet as the purest form of honey. (Ps 19:10)
God’s word has not been a hindrance to me but it has been a motivation to continue in it. To dive deeper. To explore the depths, not that I will ever attain it.
I challenged this to my youth this evening: Read from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 by July 31, 2014. I had 2 take me up on that offer tonight. I challenge you to do the same but let me add this. Don’t just do it to accomplish something but do it so that you may
“taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Ps 34:8)