Perhaps our greatest need in the New Year is to get into God’s Word.
This past year, many people have shared their opinions, but now God wants to speak.
Finance, fitness and food goals are important, but no goal is more important than sitting before God with an open Bible and a humble, teachable heart.
This is the posture a Christian is to assume their entire life. Salvation may happen in a single moment of belief, but learning to live as a Christian and fully follow Jesus is the adventure of a lifetime. We continually learn to follow Jesus through His Word, the Bible.
R.A. Torrey, a close associate of D.L. Moody, once said, “Christians who pray for power but neglect the Bible abound in the church. But the power that belongs to God is stored up in the great reservoir of His own Word, the Bible.”
D.L. Moody himself had much to say about the Bible, and was always pointing His hearers back to the Word:
“The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.”
“The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”
“I never saw a fruit-bearing Christian who was not a student of the Bible. If a man neglects his Bible, he may pray and ask God to use him in His work; but God cannot make use of him, for there is not much for the Holy Ghost to work upon.”
“So few grow, because so few study.”
“What we need as Christians is to be able to feed ourselves. How many there are who sit helpless and listless, with open mouths, hungry for spiritual things, and the minister has to try to feed them, while the Bible is a feast prepared, into which they never venture.”
“The more you love the Scriptures, the firmer will be your faith. There is little backsliding when people love the Scriptures.”
“Depend upon it, my friends, if you get tired of the Word of God, and it becomes wearisome to you, you are out of communion with Him.”
“This is the test as to your being a true child of God—whether you love and feed upon the Word of God.”
“When I pray, I talk to God, but when I read the Bible, God is talking to me; and it is really more important that God should speak to me than that I should speak to Him. I believe we should know better how to pray if we knew our Bibles better.”
“Bear in mind there is no situation in life for which you cannot find some word of consolation in Scripture.”
“A quickening that will last must come through the Word of God. A man stood up in one of our meetings and said he hoped for enough out of the series of meetings to last him all his life. I told him he might as well try to eat enough breakfast at one time to last him his lifetime. That is a mistake that people are making; they are running to religious meetings and they think the meetings are going to do the work. But if these don’t bring you into closer contact with the Word of God, the whole impression will be gone in three months.”
I don’t know about you, but reading D.L. Moody’s encouragements to read the Bible are soul-stirring! He gives us a window into what it means to treasure our Bibles.
The Bible has much to say about itself as well. Here are five Scriptures that will super-charge your Bible engagement:
1. MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD DAY & NIGHT (PSALM 1:1-3)
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”
This is one of my all time favorite Scripture passages.
Planting yourself in God’s Word is like planting a tree by water. There is an abundance of life-giving nutrients to give strength for a lifetime.
Here’s a more modern illustration. A missionary to Africa has said: “Christianity boring? So is the best TV show if the set isn’t plugged in. Be plugged into God and you won’t be yawning.”
We plug into (or put our roots into) God and His purposes for our lives through engagement with the Bible and obedience to what God has spoken. If we don’t do these two things (read and obey the Bible), we will always be lacking in our spiritual fervor and vibrance. If we do them, we will be on an adventure of a lifetime, and our spiritual life will be moving in the direction it needs to be going.