Taking Advantage of Reading the Word

”Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’ ~ Matthew 4:4 (NIV)

It’s sad how fatigue can keep us from pursuing God. When we are on the go, constantly with hardly any breaks, the first thing on our mind would probably be rest…or food. Just this morning, my sister and I were conversing over the fact that we need to be more in the Word. Reading the Bible every night is not enough for us, and I believe the Lord has put in our hearts to dive into the Word more than just doing it as part of a schedule. We felt convicted. And it dawned on me why I felt such an emptiness in the last couple of weeks: in the midst of work, driving, eating, moving, and life, I felt something was missing. Later that day, an appointment was canceled and I found myself with twenty minutes to spare before I had to go back to work. I could have eaten or I could have grabbed a cup of coffee. Instead, God gave me the time to read His Word.

Without God’s Word, we are lost. We walk a path of darkness, no light to see where we are going and what we will do. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (NIV). If we only read our Bible once a week before we go to bed, it is like using a candle in a dark house once a week. We can’t see anything on the other days that we don’t light the candle. How can one live that way? However, one big difference between a candle and the Bible is that we need the Bible more than we need a candle. In addition, we need a candle to see physical objects. The Bible brings light to everything else.

Moreover, when we are filled with God’s word, physical hunger, pain, fatigue, etc. are not our main worries. The Bible prepares us for what the world throws at us. Would God leave us on the earth without any direction? Never! Paul even points out in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that, “All Scpriture is God-breathed  and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (NIV).

The emptiness I have been feeling lately changed a little when I read Psalm 27. Not only did I need Scripture to fulfill that empty hunger, but I felt a difference after I read Psalm 27. I felt more “equipped” to face the world. Yes, exhaustion is riding on my shoulders, but it is not sleep that I need. It is God. Taking care of our bodies is necessary, but we also don’t do a good job of prioritizing. When God is first, other things in our lives tend to fall into place.

Comment below and let us know how you incorporate God’s Word into your life. We love hearing from y’all! ❤

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