4.03.2013

Scripture tells us why!

We can make all of the excuses we want.  We can try to minimize our disobedience.  We can try to dismiss the mandates of God.

But honestly?  There is absolutely no excuse that will be heard or accepted by the Father when He asks us, "Did you keep My command to meditate on My Word every day?"

Do we really think we will be able to look Him square in the eye and offer the excuses we give to one another when asked if we are faithfully in the Word every day?  I envision a scene that looks more like a child trying to talk his way out of getting in trouble after getting caught red-handed.  Downcast eyes.  Toes making circles in the dirt.  Hands sweaty and shaking.  A lump in the throat.  And a very red face as we try to utter our pathetic excuses to a holy, all-knowing, and just God who gave us a clear command that we did not carry out.

There will be no excuse that is valid, accepted, or reasonable.  He gave us the command because He knows we NEED His Word.  It is the only place where we can find Him.  Understand Him.  Know His promises.

God's Word is all sufficient - the answer for everything.

Reading the Bible is not an option for the believer - it is imperative.

I am embarrassed to admit how many novels and books (even Christian works) I have spent hours reading - while my Bible sat on the shelf untouched.  And then - I heard a mature, older, and very wise woman share that she does not read any books except the Bible.  At first I thought she was being uppity and self-righteous until she confessed:  I love reading.  But I get so caught up in the book that I forget my God and give no time to reading His Word.  I have no balance.  So now, I only read Scripture - and my problem is solved.

Ouch.  I was convicted the second she finished speaking, but it took me almost an entire decade until I followed that conviction.  And now - I regret every single second.  It took far too long for me to understand, and see the benefit, of being in God's word ... learning about Him ... understanding His character ... claiming His truth ... trusting His promises ... and then seeing the fruit that grows in a life that is fully committed to living on every word that comes from the mouth of God.  How much I missed!

I have asked the Lord over and over to give me an insatiable desire for His Word.  That He would make me hunger for it.  That I would not be able to end my day without holding it in my hand and reading His words.  I want to be so familiar with it, and so comfortable with it, that I can use it in any conversation - any situation.  Without thinking.  I have watched preachers with such a level of confidence in the Word, and I always sat in awe - wanting to be like them - wondering how they could know so many Scriptures.  And then the Lord showed me - it is not about memorizing as if cramming for a test.  It is the continual, repetitive process of seeing the words, hearing the words, and thinking about the words over and over and over again that brings confidence, familiarity and yes, affection for His Word.  THAT is what I crave.  And that is what I ask for almost every day:  "Give me an insatiable desire for Your Word - and give me the strength to obey it."

I love these verses because it is Scripture telling us why Scripture is important!  God's Word commanding us to read His Word.  How awesome is that?!?

We must be obedient.
And with obedience comes blessing.
And a promise.
If we meditate on the Word of God both day and night, we will be like a tree planted by streams of water ... producing fruit ... our leaves will not wither ... and we will prosper.

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Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.  John 8:31,32

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  Joshua 1:8

And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.  Acts 20:32

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”  Matthew 4:4

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.  Romans 15:4

Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love Me does not keep My words. And the word that you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent me.  John 14:23,24

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.  II Timothy 3:16,17

For the word of God is living and activesharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lordand on His law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.  In all that he does, he prospers.  Psalm 1

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