Reading Material

Princes persecute me without cause, 
    
but my heart stands in awe of your words. 
I rejoice at your word 
    
like one who finds great spoil. 
I hate and abhor falsehood, 
    
but I love your law. 
Seven times a day I praise you 
    
for your righteous rules. 
Great peace have those who love your law; 
    
nothing can make them stumble. 
I hope for your salvation, O Lord, 
    
and I do your commandments. 
My soul keeps your testimonies; 
    
I love them exceedingly. 
I keep your precepts and testimonies, 
    
for all my ways are before you.

Psalm 119:161-168

Christian humorist Ken Davis tells about a time that he was traveling back home from a speaking engagement. Before he got on board his flight, he picked up a copy of USA Today.

He was tired, and planned to take a nap for the first leg of his flight. Not wanting to risk his newspaper getting ruined by laying it beside his seat, Ken chose to sit on the paper.

He closed his eyes, and was about to drift off to sleep when the man beside him asked, “Excuse me, are you reading that?”

A bit groggy, Ken asked the man, “I’m sorry, what did you say?”

The man asked again, “Are you reading that paper?”

Remember, Ken was sitting on the paper!

Without a word, Ken stood up from his seat, turned one page of the newspaper he was sitting on, sat back down on top of the paper, and then told the man, “Yes, I’m reading it. I’m trying to work the crossword puzzle!”

As ridiculous as it is to think that a man could read or work the crossword puzzle of a newspaper that he’s sitting on, it’s even more silly to think that God’s Word will transform our lives if we merely leave it sitting on the nightstand beside the bed, baking on the dashboard of the car, or gathering dust on the bookshelf.

The Psalmist wrote:

“I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.” (Psalm 119:162) 

The Bible will not transform you if you merely plan to take God’s Word in by osmosis. Read it. Meditate on it. Obey it. And it will change your life!

Spend time treasuring God’s Word today.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!