A PASTOR’S PLEA
“ Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”–Job 23:12
Christians, especially new ones, have many needs. While it’s not easy to decide how they should be listed in order of importance, I’m convinced that the reading and studying of God’s Word should be at the top of the list. A failure here will lead to failure everywhere. It touches every area of our lives and neglect can be very costly.
After more than half-a century of observation I’m convinced that the average church member doesn’t spend 10 minutes a day reading God’s Word and none in actually studying the Bible apart from church services. That’s hard for me to understand. I feel exactly as Job did when he said, ” I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” The study of God’s Word is not just a matter of enjoyment or entertainment, it is a matter of survival! It enlightens the mind, encourages the heart, and enlarges our affections.
My feelings about this matter are so strong that I could preach about it weekly. You cannot neglect God’s Word without being severely affected as a result. Those who couldn’t care less about the Bible will be careless in their behavior. Dusty Bibles belong to disobedient believers! If I could beg you to do just one thing this would be it! Please set aside some time everyday to study the Word of God. It will change your life.–HDS
Lakeway Baptist Church
5801 FM 1960 E
Humble, TX. 77346