Back to the Bible
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NASB
We live in a fast and furious era. In many ways, technology has been good for us, but the more technology and availability seems to be a way of life, we forget sometimes how to stop and savor the very moments that our days contains. One thing that I am guilty of, and I feel like we are losing, in general, are those sweet moments spent with the Lord in His Word. Sure, we have apps, devotionals, such as this one, and books about the Bible. Short snippets containing our daily dose of the Word, but as we let them go in our ears and out of our minds, we forget the power of what God’s word can do. How much time are we spending in our Bibles and why should we?
God’s word isn’t just any standard book. God’s Word is supernatural, living, and active. It is unchanging and it is a mirror of ourselves. The words of scripture fully expose who we are before God. I think that statement is important, because many times, that is a reason I will avoid reading the Bible, because it is convicting, exposing my sin and my need for Christ.
If we would saturate ourselves in God’s word, however, we would discover that our sin isn’t the end of the story, because Jesus Christ, in His mercy died for our shortcomings, and His grace is sufficient for us.
For me as well, when I read the Bible with myself as the mindset, I miss the big picture. The Bible is not a self-help book, meant for my own gratification, but the Bible is about God, the story of man’s redemption through Jesus Christ. Does it guide my life? Absolutely, but should the word be centered around me? No.
We live in a world of fluff and self-indulgence that has led to spiritual neglect. Hear my heart sisters, these words are just as much for me as it is for anyone, but it’s time that we take the time to prioritize reading God’s word. My prayer for this week is that you would pray, and ask God to help you begin to be immersed in His word.
God, I thank you for Your Word and forgive me if I have neglected the gift you have given me. Help me to desire to read it, open my eyes to its treasures, and forever help me to be changed by it. Amen.
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Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.