A Passion for His Word
The following is an excellent post by Dr. Paul Chappell, here is the source….
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8
Going through God’s Word is not as important as allowing God’s Word to go through you.
Preacher Gipsy Smith once told of a man who said he had received no inspiration from the Bible although he had “gone through it several times.” “Let it go through you once,” replied Smith, “Then you will tell a different story!”
God’s Word is vital to our faithfulness as Christians! Too often we treat time in God’s Word as a duty rather than a privilege. In order for us to draw closer to God and know Him more, we must have a passion for His Word.
While none of us are perfect and will sometimes miss days, determine to not become discouraged! Spend more time with God the next day! We also saw that God provides understanding for His Word. Before we start reading the Bible, we should ask Him to help us learn and apply what we read to our lives. Here are two more ways we can develop a passion for God’s Word.
First, have a special time daily in God’s Word. Acts 17:11 says, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” These people spent time each day searching the Word of God, getting to know Him more.
Do you have a specific time and place you meet God each day? When we make appointments in life, we always designate a time and a place to meet. Whether it’s a business appointment or a dentist appointment, we know where to be and at what time to be there. What about your “appointment” with God? When you have a specific time and place designated for your time with God, it will help you consistently meet with Him.
Second, rise early in the morning to meet with the Lord. Mark 1:35 says, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Many times in Scripture, Christ went out early in the morning to spend some time alone with His Father.
I don’t know about you, but the mornings are often the quietest times around my home. Once the day starts and meetings, projects, and other activities fill the agenda, I am sometimes so worn out at the end of the day that it’s all I can do to make it to bed! Rising early in the morning and spending time with God helps me start each day with His Word in my mind and His strength to help me live for Him.
Do you have a specific time and place you meet God? Do you seek Him each morning? Whether it’s time in meditation of His Word, time in prayer, or seeking His help for the day, try to spend time with God each morning. Just as you would greet your spouse every morning, make sure to greet your Heavenly Father and seek His will for the day.