Our Bible verse for today: “How happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk according to the Lord’s instruction! Happy are those who keep his decrees and seek him with all their heart.” Psalm 119:1-2 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Read your Bible everyday.”
When we think of magic we commonly think of some mysterious force that produces inexplicable results. We don’t really understand how it works but we sure are amazed by it. In one sense the Bible is like that.
The Apostle Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:21 that the men who wrote the words of the Bible were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Paul says that too in 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is inspired by God.” So, there’s spiritual power in the printed words of the Bible. These are the inspired words of God speaking to your mind and heart. There’s a force in them far beyond the power of the words themselves. This is how God uses the words of the Bible to have such a powerful and transforming impact on us. The words come alive in our mind and heart giving them significance and power far beyond what they would otherwise have.
That’s what the writer of Psalm 119 was referring too all throughout the Psalm. In verse 105 he wrote, “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119 is essentially 176 verses proclaiming the wonder and the glory and the power of the Bible.
This is why it’s so important for Christians to read their Bible everyday. Prayer is important but reading the Bible is more important. Henry Blackaby once said, “If I have to choose between praying or reading the Bible I will always choose reading the Bible, because it’s more important for me to hear from God than it is for God to hear from me.” Billy Graham once said, “If I don’t start my day with God, I meet Satan around every corner all day long.”
At Oak Hill Baptist Church a group of us are going to read the Bible cover-to-cover in 2019. We are all going to use “The One Year Bible”. It’s the Bible divided into 365 daily readings. Each day’s reading consists of a couple of chapters from the Old Testament, a chapter from the New Testament, a passage from the Psalms and a passage from the Proverbs. At the end of the year you will have read the entire Bible. We will each do our own daily reading and then we will come together as a group on Sunday evenings at 6:00 to discuss what we read the previous week. We will also share insights and answer questions. We would love to have you join us.
There’s an old saying in Christian circles that goes, “A Bible that’s falling apart is usually owned by someone who isn’t.” That’s very true. Regular daily reading of the Word of God goes a long, long way towards keeping us settled and calm, clear-headed and wise, peaceful and joyful.