Proverbs 19 3-19-19

Laziness is a self-fulfilling prophecy. We don’t do what needs to be done and we pay the penalty for it.

15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.

Laziness and shiftlessness are synonyms of slothfulness, or sloth: a habitual disinclination to exertion. The problem is that in most cases we only put off the inevitable, and often, doing something later requires a lot more work.

There is no greater example than our daily Bible study. Statistically, most Christians do NOT read the Bible more than once a week (Sunday), and that at church. Can we get along without reading the Bible? Sure, especially if we go blind or are in a foreign prison. But, for most of us, we have MORE than one Bible lying around the house. We have no real excuse.

Reading God’s Word has many functions:

  1. It prepares our hearts to hear Him;
  2. It teaches us how God communicates with us;
  3. We learn many of the basics to righteous living;
  4. We find nuggets and treasures at the most convenient times;
  5. We obtain handles by which the Holy Spirit works in our lives.

These are a few of the reasons we are to read His Word. Do you want assurance of salvation? It’s in there. Do you want overflowing love and joy in your life? It’s in there. Do you want peace that transcends all understanding? IT’S IN THERE!

Excuses I’ve heard:

  • “I’m too busy to take time to read.” Then you’re too busy! Martin Luther exclaimed one day, “I have so much to do today that I will have to spend an extra hour praying before I start.”
  • “I don’t understand it.” That’s the point. We read to hear from Him. HE is the One who gives understanding.
  • “I’ve read it. I don’t have to read it again.” We are always changing and so do our circumstances. We could read the same passage for a month and get something different out of it everyday because we change, our circumstances change, our outlooks change, even our chemical makeups change (hormones, intellect, brain function, etc).

Everyday is a new day. We are new creations in Christ. HE is making us new. Therefore, we read His Word. I promise you that what you read yesterday and then read again today will speak to you differently; if anything, the time of day and your frame of mind may be different.

Another BIG reason to read is that the words of Christ by way of the writers of the books are important–they are TRUTH! Jesus said as much: “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:16. 

The BIGGEST reason to read is that His words are LIFE–they are alive! “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

Are you convinced, yet? If not, then how about this: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” Col. 3:16a

It doesn’t get any plainer than that. Let’s quit making excuses and get down to business. The Spirit has something to say to the churches–that’s us!–and He speaks through His Word. Let’s read it!

NOTE: Need a plan? How about reading the Bible chronologically? It helped me gain perspective on the timeline of events. Go to Chronological Bible Plan

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