God tells us a lot of times in the Bible that we should read and study His word and delight in it. However, it doesn’t always happen as we, humans, fail almost all of the time.
The most common reasons we have to not read His word is one, we get too familiar with God, second, we are in a hurry that we forget God, and third, it seems like an obligation.
We became familiar that we stop seeking more of Him and what He is in our lives. There are also times that we have so much to do and we often are in hurry that we cannot open the Bible app in our smartphone for even a minute. And a lot of times, reading His word feels like an obligation where we are just being pushed to read because God says so.
Meditating on God’s word seems like a task that came with the salvation that we received. Let’s be honest, there will always be that time. Because we focus too much on the thought that God wants us to read because God needs us to worship Him.
Yes, it is our role to worship God, but let me remind you that God doesn’t need us to worship Him. He is God and will remain God whatever happens. There is nothing we have to do or say to increase His supremacy because He is supreme ABOVE ALL!
If God doesn’t need us, why read His word still?
It is not for God to be more God. It is because God wants us to learn and be someone that He has called us to be. To be the person who will be able to live life according to His will and to be in a perfect manner worthy to praise the Lord of lords.
Reading the Bible has much more to with us than with God. Because apparently, the Bible is for our own good!
So how does reading His word help us in our Christian life?
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psalm 19:7-8 ESV
His word revives the soul.
In Psalm 19:7, David said that the ‘law of the Lord is perfect’. God’s word, which is His standard, is perfect and never lacking. Thus, it can revive our soul. In times of emotional distress, God’s word is there for us to revive our soul and give us comfort and assurance.
And that just makes us feel safe in every day of our lives. Because we don’t have to worry if God can ever handle our situation or not. Or if God will still be able to lift us up, because His word is perfect. We know He can, and He will!
His word makes wise the simple.
God’s word as described is said to be sure. Every word, principle, and teaching in the Bible is verified, confirmed, it is true. And thus, when we meditate on it, we will be able to think simply and be wise.
How can that happen?
The simple minded person who easily believes and trusts just anybody’s word will become wise to know the difference between the world and God’s voice. And the person who is wise and having understanding of his own on things apart from God will think simply such that one will be able to realize his sinfulness and the need of a savior in his life.
By reading His word, we will gain wisdom from God.
His word rejoices the heart.
Every instruction in the Bible, coming from a perfect and good King, is just and upright. The result is, meditating on it will give joy to our hearts. And that is not just some kind of one-minute happiness or a superficial kind one. It is not something that only occurs because something good happened.
We can experience great joy, not only when the sky is clear and the rainbow is up, but also during the storms which made us experience that rainbow. Our hearts can be filled with joy because we are at peace, because we know that God is our refuge and strength and nothing can come against us.
His word enlightens the eyes.
The whole Bible, be written by different authors living in different period of time, is pure—without blemish, no stain of any sorts. It’s cleanness will make us realize and be well-informed that we are all sinners and thus in need of a savior.
His word is so pure such that it emphasizes how dirty and ugly and messed up our life is. But His word is just so pure such that it lays out and reach out to us and offers us that purity. By believing that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins, our sins will be cleansed.
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Meditating on God’s word is not just something that should be taken for granted. As the enemy continues to temp and attack us, His word is the best weapon in the battle.
While the enemy would want us to be stagnant Christians, God’s word will help us grow in our faith. As we take on the road that God has prepared for us to be the person He has called us to be, let His word abide in us.
[Insights on Ptr. Erwin Balanay’s preaching last January 14, 2018 @Victory Katipunan during the 1pm Sunday service.]