This article is a follow-up from “I was nearly crushed by a car today…and 2 life principles observed“.
I’ll be honest; I’ve been abnormally stressed the past few weeks. Not proud of this, but it is true.
For one, I always get uneasy living in Asia in the spring when people are inevitably leaving here. Another reason is there has been an unusual amount of activity in my life. Mostly good stuff (with the exception of Tracy’s sickness), but just lots and lots of stuff that I have needed to do, people I have hosted, meetings I have attended, classes I have taken. On top of this, I am moving to yet another apartment this week.
The accumulation of all of this “stuff” has left me tired, haggard, emotionally depleted, and a bit discouraged. I brought all of this to a local coffee house this morning.
I opened the Bible, read 2 Corinthians 4 (specifically 2 Cor. 4:16-18), and meditated.
So we do not lose heart. . . For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Though the pressure of the past few weeks is still present, a release value seemed to open up just a bit. I am at a better place now. Not “over it” by any means, but a little more secure in the reality that God is with me, in control, and everything will be good in the end.
I know this reality in my head. I really do. However, I just need reminders of this often. Actually, I need to be reminded of this every day. My memory is short, my mind can lack discipline, and my heart is often fleeting.
This is just one example of why I have found that I NEED to read and meditate upon the Bible often, if not daily. As I continue to think about this “discipline” of consistent Bible reading, several things come to mind.
There are many “hard reasons” why I should make the Bible a part of my daily routine, including things like its historicity, salvific nature, and sanctifying elements. However, here I simply want to talk about the “soft reasons” why I see reading the Bible needs to be an on-going, consistent part of my life.
Here are 7 reasons I need and want to read the Bible daily:
1 – Reminder of the eternal in the midst of the temporal world we live within
This was illustrated to me beautifully in the 2 Corinthians passage I studied this morning. Additionally, I wrote on this a few weeks ago (CLICK HERE). Bottom line, I need a daily reminder that this world is NOT it.
We are made for the next world. Only when I live this way am I happy and truly content. I need daily reminders of this, as my heart daily wants to attach to this world. I daily want to “establish a name for myself” or build my own kingdom. Reading the Bible really is my only defense against this mentality.
2 – Truth in the midst of the “murkiness” of life
For the most part, we are not confronted with direct “evil” choices on a daily basis. Affairs happen, people abuse kids, rage can take people over, yet for most of us, this type of explosive sin is not a part of our daily experience.
However, compromise in the areas of “personal sin” and overall directionless living is a constant temptation. Whether it is in the areas of greed or lust OR in simply turning a blind eye to a co-worker during a time of need, I am daily tempted to live life in ways which are not honoring to God. In not honoring God, I am essentially selling short my own joy and hope in life.
I need the Bible to daily pull me out of the “murkiness” of life in living for my own selfish desires and nudge me towards the light of the Gospel of Christ. Only in the clarity of the Bible do I find ultimate meaning and joy in the daily “grind of life”.
3 – Emotional “groundedness”
As I described in the opening paragraph, I can be very emotionally up and down. Again, not an area I am proud of and something which I continue to seek to grow in as an individual. However, it is part of my make-up.
As a result, I NEED to have the words of eternal truth wash over my emotionally turbulent heart and scattered mind daily. I am a passionate person. Consistent and rich study of the Bible is essential in keeping these passions going in a positive direction.
Just yesterday, I was given the privilege of visiting a local orphanage with my friend Herbie Newell. Herbie is the Director of Lifeline Child Services in America. They are among the largest adoption agencies in the world. They do incredible work.
We were visiting a new orphanage with which they are working. Yesterday we were simply meeting with the orphanage leadership and doing initial survey work with some of the children which might be eligible for adoption. As I sat in the room seeing one child after another with no family marched in front of us, my heart broke. Knowing the fate of those without parents in this country made my heart break all the more.
How do I process this? How do I not let this torpedo me emotionally? Bottom line, only in the Bible can I find hope in a situation like this.
Only in the Bible do I find a Savior whom loves these children infinitely more than I can ever imagine. Only in the Bible do I find a Heavenly Father whom knows the very number of hairs on their heads and the days of their lives.
Only in the Bible do I find a Gospel which provides hope for all of us, whether we are a boy born in upper-middle class Atlanta, Georgia to loving parents or a girl abandoned in the bathroom of a hospital in rural Asia.
The God of the Bible knows and cares.
I need to be reminded of this daily. I have found the best way to do so is to simply read and meditate upon the eternal Word of God . . . daily.