Is the world getting louder and louder – politics especially – where you feel your voice is drowned out? I wanted to write something that would help and realized I already had written something. It goes back to reading God’s word. The following is a blog I posted in November 2014. The message is the same today as it was in the past and will be in the future. Don’t let the noise keep you from moving ahead in the life that is meant for you.
What Else is Important?
I was looking at my previous blogs, and it seems like all I do is read. Although I do read a lot, I will never reach the point of reading 80 to 90 books a year like Steven King. How is that even possible? I bet he does not do the dishes, cook a meal, or do the laundry!!
I do read a lot and get a great amount of enjoyment out of it; however, I also do many other things that are more important to me. Like reading (there’s that word again) the Bible everyday.
Actually, reading the Bible and other religious books reminds me that I get up in the morning for a purpose. That purpose is to serve the Lord in every aspect of my life wherever I am and whatever I am doing. Easily said, hard to do!
Even though the Bible is the number 1 book for sales in the United States, it is also pretty much ignored once it reaches its destination — the bookshelf, the coffee table, the bedside table. What is it about that book that makes people buy it, and then not read it when they get home?
Buying a Bible is no big deal. It’s just another book whose message is not revealed until it is opened up to the pages between the covers. The Bible is not a “lucky charm” that keeps evil spirits away. It does not change people’s lives sitting on the bookshelf. It collects dust like any other book, and it does not magically jump up and down on the coffee table to get our attention. Like God, it waits for us to take action — pick it up!
The message inside the Bible is like no other book. The message tells the truth … “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that EVERYONE who believes in Him, won’t perish but will have eternal life” John 3:16. “God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all” 1 John 1:5. “Jesus replied, ‘Do you believe because you see me? Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe'” John 20:29. And “Every house is built by someone but God is the builder of everything” Hebrews 3:4.
The Bible’s message not only tells us the truth, but it also tells us how to live a life in Christ … “Throw all your anxiety onto Him, because He cares about you” 1 Peter 5:7. ” … Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to grow angry (This one I have to work on everyday … many times a day!!!) This is because an angry person doesn’t produce God’s righteousness” James 1: 19 & 20. “God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled” 2 Timothy 1:7. And “Brothers and sisters, don’t get discouraged in doing what is right” 2 Thessalonians 2:17.
Of course, there is a lot more (a lot more) to Scripture: more truth about Jesus, more wisdom about how to live a grace-filled and loving life. Scripture is not hard to read or understand. I have heard so many times, “it’s not the Scriptures that I cannot understand that concerns me; it’s the Scriptures I do understand that concerns me.”
Don’t let Scripture intimidate you. Just read it and enjoy the parts you understand. With continuous reading you will begin to understand more and more.
Once a month I am planning to write/blog a “religious” piece, hopefully with more substance than this blog. The Lord has way too much grace and mercy for us to let it rest on the pages of a closed Bible.
Today, do something that challenges you, Linda