TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE: “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” - Isaiah 55:10-11 .
We get distracted by the cares of the world, the lust of our eyes and flesh, our own pride and desires and goals. We get caught up in the comparison game and keeping up with the Joneses on Instagram and making sure we’re in the running for Best Yard Award in the HOA.
And then the Word of God seems dim and distant and like an unobtainable bar to live up to, so we avoid it. Even as believers, we have those seasons in life where we focus too hard on the Proverbs 31 woman or on Paul’s courage and tenacity, and think, that’ll never be me… so we read the back of the cereal box instead.
But the Word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. (Hebrews 4) It has the power to renew our minds, strengthen our hearts, and equip us for battle in our day. If we never read it, we’re unrenewed, weak, and ill-equipped.
Not to mention, we’re then useless for witnessing and growing the kingdom. The book of Romans reminds us of the tangible importance of preaching the Gospel.
And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. -Romans 10:15-17.
The Word of God is the power unto salvation. How can we tell someone about Christ if we haven’t read the Bible to know Him ourselves? How can we use the scriptures to lead someone to the Lord if we aren’t familiar with them?
If you’re avoiding the Word today out of shame or a sense of failure, take a deep breath. Remember there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1) Shove aside that legalistic guilty trip and ask the Holy Spirit to breathe a fresh desire in you for His Word. Ask Him to inspire in you a deep love for the Bible. Ask Him to show Himself to you through His Word.
When we over-indulge in the endless scrolling of filtered photos and faux happiness, we’re emptied in the worst possible way. Those actions always return void and leave us wanting. But when we feast on the Word of God, we’re satisfied. His Word never returns void it fills us to the brim in all the ways we long for.
Challenge yourself today to spend more time in the Word than you do on social media. Trade the snack bar for the gourmet feast… and be made whole.