Friday, August 7, 2015

"Don't Just Read It"

"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."  Lamentations 3:22,23

These verses are among my favorite verses.  I wanted to share them with you this morning and encourage you to not just read them, but meditate on them.  Think about what you are reading.  Too often, we just "read through" the scriptures and never pay much attention to what we are reading.  We don't think about what they are saying to us.  We don't act upon them.  We don't receive them in a personal way and embrace them for our own lives. 

These verses reveal the very character of God and His dealings with us.  They show how much He loves us.  They tell us how merciful and faithful He is.  When you doubt God's love for you, these are the kind of verses you need to focus on.  You need to have them hid in your heart and let them produce faith, hope and assurance in you. 

It is through not just reading it but receiving and acting upon His word that you get strength for life's battles.  Hope for the future.  Peace in confusion.  Joy in sorrow.  Wisdom in decisions.  Grace in dealing with frustration.  Help in time of trouble. 

So, don't just read the Bible in a "brownie point" manner-- just so you can say you did it for the day.  Even if it is one verse, take time to hear the voice of God speaking to you personally through it.  What is He saying to you?  What message does He want to relate to you?  What is it about Himself that He wants to show you?  What answer is He revealing to you? 

Have a great day.  The scriptures are more than black words on white paper.  They are meant to be heard and received and not just read. 

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