Why is it important to read the Bible? Have devotions? Internalize Jesus’ words? Live by them?
Because God’s word is powerful. It is life changing and sustaining. The same power that created the world is in the Bible and goes to work in us as we read, believe, and follow God’s word. He (the Spirit) works in us and grows us. He draws us to Jesus and God’s heart. He changes us, makes us more like Jesus. Miraculously, silently, He works in us.
Remember? Jesus was called “the Word.” He was God’s heart and thoughts made flesh. We know God by knowing Jesus and reading His words.
Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life.” John 6:35. We cannot live without God’s word any more than we can live without eating.
Jesus said, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” John 6:63-64. Jesus words are life for us through the Holy Spirit. We must believe and follow them. That’s when His life moves in us.
Have you been too busy to spend time with God reading His word, lately? (Life is really busy). I would like to suggest something: Ask God to give you time. If you have that desire–even if you just know you should, and you ask Him, He will work something out for you.
You might find yourself waking up early (unexplainably), or finding a few minutes somewhere in your day to pray and read for a few minutes. It’s a prayer He loves to answer. You will find new life, refreshing, peace-giving, reassuring–and a growing sense of God’s presence and reality.