An appetite for God's Word
'His Word can cut through our spirits.' Hebrews 4:12 CEV
When we read the Bible, God gives us strength and guidance for our lives that we can't get from anywhere else. The Bible 'is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right' (2 Timothy 3:16 TLB). God's Word can also 'cut through our spirits' (Hebrews 4:12 CEV). Through his Word, God brings to the surface unresolved issues and helps us to deal with them. He exposes our bad habits and shows us how to conquer them. He shows us our selfish and unloving attitudes, then reveals how to repent and change.
Regularly Bible reading makes us more aware of what God says about who he is, who we are, and what he's done for us. Making time to regularly read the Bible requires effort on our part. Life's busy and we may find it hard to fit it in to our day. But it's vital that we do.
If we're struggling to make time to read the Bible, we need to ask God to give us a greater appetite for his Word. When we get physically hungry, we know to find something to eat. When we get spiritually hungry, we need to be reading God's Word. The Bible says: 'Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord' (Deuteronomy 8:3 NIV).
So what now? Each time you get hungry today, read a few verses of the Bible before you eat.
Soulfood: Ex 19-21 Jn 2:12-25 Ps 110 Pro 26:13-16,