The youth group in our church, referred to as “24/7”, have undertaken a challenge. Together, they have committed themselves to working their way through a reading plan that will take them through the Bible in a year. Between their youth meetings, social media, and discipleship groups, they are going to try and hold themselves accountable for keepin’ on through the reading plan. If . . . when . . . they miss readings, they’re just going to pick up where the plan is and keep going. Love it!
There’s something to be said for developing the discipline of reading the Scriptures in a thoughtful, planned, and regular basis. Though some might argue that the outcome would be nothing more than reading the Bible out of habit, as the wise old mom of a friend once told him, “At least you’ll be establishing a GOOD habit!”
But there’s something that happens when you mix a “good habit” with a great God and an active Holy Spirit. The discipline becomes a dynamic.
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)
Check it out! Reviving the soul . . . making wise the simple . . . rejoicing the heart . . . enlightening the eyes. All from reading the Bible.
Talk about the “living and active” word of God (Heb. 4:12)! Talk about inspired words of God which are “sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and marrow!” Talk about the mind of Christ illuminated through the Spirit of God “discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart!” Talk about the discipline of reading the Bible becoming a life changing dynamic!
Paul says we are transformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom. 12:2). Eyes are enlightened and simple are made wise by engaging with the living word of God. There comes a point when “forcing yourself” to gut it out through the reading plan, instead becomes a hunger and thirst . . . when you want and need to enter into the fellowship with God that only comes from interacting with His word. There’s a longing to know the soul being revived . . . and the heart lifted up in rejoicing.
What a great discipline . . . to engage with the Word over the year. What an unbelievable dynamic . . . to have the Word engage you over the year.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:10 ESV)
Keep on 24/7! Form the good habit . . . gut out the discipline of reading the Word. And then, encounter the dynamic . . . the reviving, rejoicing, enlightening dynamic.
By God’s grace . . . for God’s glory . . .