It can be hard at times to get out our Bibles. One day, we might be super excited to study the Bible, then the next week it’s burrowed beneath a bunch of other books! Some days, we might feel like reading the Bible isn’t fun–but a chore. These things certainly happen to me a lot! It really is a constant struggle.
But then, when I think about it, sometimes a Bible verse sticks out to me and it inspires me for the day. Some days I can read a verse, and feel like God is talking directly at me. Sometimes reading the Bible fills me with joy and makes me shed happy tears.
So what’s with that? How can I feel two completely conflicting emotions about reading the Bible?
The devil tries to sap the joy from reading the Bible because it’s a source of joy. Think about it this way–if God’s Word is so powerful and life-changing, then of course the devil doesn’t want us to read it!
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Wow! Doesn’t this verse just amaze you and make you want to experience this amazing power?
Not only is God’s Word powerful, but it’s instructive! There are 66 books, and 1,189 chapters full of instruction straight from God.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
And it also provides us with righteous instruction! This really sticks out to me, since life can sometimes feel uncertain, and I yearn for God’s guidance. Well, we have it!
Guess what else? When we read the Bible often, God’s teachings will start to stick in our minds and we will start to think as God Himself thinks. Isn’t that amazing? I for one would certainly love to think like God!
Sarah Tinning – Column: Living With a Positive Mindset
Sarah is a 17-year-old, living in Australia. She loves God, her family, singing, writing songs and novels, and playing guitar. She enjoys meeting up with friends, and just putting a smile on people’s faces; even better, making them laugh! She blogs about books, movies, music, and life at www.foreveraspiringwriter.wordpress.com