July 2 – Back to the Basics – The Bible

Read Jeremiah 9:23-24 and Proverbs 9:10

Many of you reading this have been in some sort of relationship where you wanted to spend every waking hour with someone.  And when you were not together, you would talk on the phone for hours on end.  Some of you may even remember life prior to cell phones and the ancient technique of writing a love letter. Can you remember the joy of opening up that love letter?  You couldn’t wait to hear from your loved one.  You couldn’t wait to learn more about them and fall further in love with them. 

If we claim to love God more than anyone or anything else, then why do we struggle to spend time in His love letter to us, His Word?  Sadly, I’ve heard many friends over the years tell me how they wish they just had the time to get into the Bible. However, they had plenty of time to watch the game, work on their hobby, and binge watch the next show on Netflix. 

And yet you say you love God?  And you don’t want to hear from Him? 

The Bible is the revelation of the character and will of God.  It tells us who He is and how we can live in relationship to Him. Not only does it reveal to us who God is but it also describes who we are, our human existence and why we are here on earth, where we are going and why it matters.

It is not just enough to know things about God but KNOWING Him means everything – the type of intimate knowledge that a husband and wife have for each other. A couple know the likes and dislikes of their spouse.  What they love, what they hate.  And the great thing about the Bible is that it teaches us the attributes of God, the characteristics of God and He never changes.  His Word never changes.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 says:

“This is what the Lord says:

‘The wise person should not boast in his wisdom;

the strong should not boast in his strength;

the wealthy should not boast in his wealth.

But the one who boasts should boast in this:

that he understands and knows me

that I am the Lord, showing faithful love,

justice, and righteousness on the earth,

for I delight in these things.’

This is the Lord’s declaration.”

Proverbs 9:10 says:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

We come to know Him through his Word.

I could go on about Scripture verses that point out the importance of knowing Him.  One of my favorite quotes is from C.H. Spurgeon who said “a Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t”. 

Brush the dust off of your Bible!  Set a time aside to study it daily.  Study it to know Him more and more daily. 

Make it a priority.

If you need a reminder to do it, let me ask you this: what is stealing time away from the Lord?  Is it the TV?  Set your Bible on the remote.  Is it video games?  Set your Bible on your gaming station.  Spending too much time on social media?  Put the Bible app where your social media apps once were. 

How much do you love the Lord?  Do you want to know Him more?  The Bible is a great way to spend time with Him daily.

Nate Mills

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