Ben Reaoch | Category: The Christian Life
This may sound like a shallow reason to read the Bible. But if it’s true that we are to pursue our ultimate satisfaction in God (“Rejoice in the Lord always,” Philippians 4:4), then the next question is, “How are we to do this?” How am I to rejoice in something or some One, when I’m not naturally inclined in that way? The first answer to that question is that God must do a work in my heart to give me a desire for Him. This is called regeneration (a.k.a., being born again). Then, once we do have a holy hatred of sin and a yearning to know God, there is still the question of how to nurture those God-given desires. We still live in a sinful world, and we still have sinful inclinations which severely dampen our godly zeal.
One of the key necessities of the Christian life is regularly meditating on God’s Word. We need to be reminded day after day of the great things God has done throughout history. We need to read the great promises of His Word and consider the great hope we have because of those promises. This will lift our spirits and help to make us happy in God.
I don’t want this to sound simplistic. I know there are struggles and distractions in life that can make it extremely difficult to experience joy in God. But the exhortation I do want to give is this: if you say that you want a closer walk with the Lord, that you want to have more joy in Him, but you are not spending time regularly in Scripture, then you are like a patient who wants to get better but will not take the prescribed medicine.
Go to the Word! Be disciplined in going to the Word each day. Gather friends around who love the Word and will ask you about your Bible reading. Talk about what you read. Pray over Scripture. Search for great promises in Scripture that will give you hope. Memorize verses that will help you to fight temptation and fight for joy.
Consider the testimony of George Mueller regarding Scripture reading: “I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. . . . Now I saw, that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God and to meditation on it, that thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, instructed . . . The first thing I did, after having asked in a few words the Lord’s blessing upon His precious Word, was to begin to meditate on the Word of God; searching, as it were, into every verse, to get blessing out of it . . .” (quoted in John Piper, Desiring God, page 132-33)
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