“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6)
When I read these wise words, I am reminded of how many times as a Christian I have neglected to read the Word of God, the Bible. I’ve spent countless hours studying and reading books in college, mostly about things I’ll never need to know again. I’ve read probably millions of headlines in the news, and I’ve read so many books for fun.
If we took studying the Bible even ten percent as seriously as we took studying for school, we would probably be as wise as Solomon. Yet in this busy culture, we often don’t take the time to really understand and learn to apply the only absolute, eternal truth we know – the eternal Word of God. I’ve found that the words in the Bible are like a double-edged sword that cut to my heart. There’s a supernatural power behind the words that changes my life when I read them and apply them, and when I’ve shown others passages of scripture, I’ve seen their lives transformed as well. No other book, news article, or magazine can give me the encouragement and life that the Bible brings to me when I take time to read it daily.
I’d encourage you to memorize 2 Timothy 3:16-17 below. Commit yourself to studying and applying the Word of God to your life this summer. Pray and ask the Lord to use it to transform you and make you the person he created you to be.
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)