Most of us woke up this morning to the sound of an alarm clock, probably on our cell phones. We rely on that alarm to wake us up every day; we assume it’ll do its job. Many of us hopped in the shower this morning without giving it a second thought or without thinking about how in other parts of the world, showers don’t even exist. Most of us probably got in a vehicle this morning to head to work or school, and we counted on that vehicle to start so we could get where we needed to go. We don’t realize how much we rely on things we use every day—our cars, our phones, the heat or air conditioner in our homes, running water, the Internet, and the list could go on.
But did you wake up this morning realizing your desperate need for God today? Did you wake up and say, “Lord I need You today because I cannot survive this day without Your grace that gives me another day of life,” or “without You to sustain me by giving me my every breath, I would not even have woken up today”? How many of us think of God as necessary, so much that we cannot go a day, or even a moment, without Him? How many of us rely on Him every day?
Why Feast on the Word of God?
Most days, we forget about our heavenly Father as we go on with our important, busy lives. We fail to remember Him. We fail to recognize that we should rely on Him even more than we rely on that other list of things. The Bible says that “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). Just like we need food in our stomachs and water to hydrate us, we also need to feast on the Word of God, which is necessary for life.
But sometimes the Bible can be hard to read, or it may seem irrelevant to our lives. Sometimes the stories seem “boring and old.” (These are all things we’ve all probably thought or heard at some point in our lives.) Why is the Bible so important? Let’s look at what the Bible says about itself:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:16–17)
God’s Word is what corrects us; it is where we recognize our sinfulness and our separation from God, which leads us to our deep and desperate need for God.
For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Heb. 4:12)
If God’s Word is living and active, it should be an important part of our everyday lives. Not just Sundays when we are at church or Wednesdays at youth group, but every. Single. Day. We need the Word of God!
Have I mentioned it gives us everything we need for life and godliness?
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence. (2 Pet. 1:3)
Because this is true, we need to search no further since God’s Word gives us everything we will ever need. He has also gifted us with incredible teachers of His Word that help us to dive into our Bibles deeper—through sermons, books, commentaries, etc.
Nothing Else Compares
David in Psalm 119 tells us about his deep longing and desire for Scripture. He says in verses 36–37, “Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” When was the last time you prayed that prayer? I sure don’t pray that often enough—that I will have a deep longing and desire for His Word. But David literally recognized that everything else in life is worthless besides God. Does that mean that other things hold no meaning? Of course not, but when compared to God and His Word, His will, and His ways, nothing compares and nothing will ever satisfy us besides Him.
He says that God’s law is “better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces” (v. 72). Our Bibles are precious. They are priceless. We should treasure them, cling to them, and delight ourselves in their words every day of our lives.
A few months ago I heard a sermon where the pastor shared these words:
In the mornings, do you spring out of bed excited to seek the glory of the Savior? Or does the glory of sleep outweigh the glory of seeing and knowing Christ in His word?
Make every effort to seek Him, delight in His Word, and bask in communion with Him. If this is where to find the glory of the Lord, then that’s where you ought to find me every day.
So, friend, I ask you: are you in the Word? Is your life being shaped by and washed by the Word of God daily? If not, I challenge you to change that!
Here’s a great Bible plan I’m using if you’d like to join me! Jump in with today’s date, or start from the beginning.
Another great resource is the YouVersion Bible app. There are tons of Bible reading plans you can start there, and you can even start them with a friend!
Whatever you do, I just encourage you to get in the Word! You won’t regret it.