Vol. 3, No. 5
Do you have a hard time remembering what you see or read from the printed pages of the Bible? Do you have just a vague recollection of words, truly never quite able to recall the exact thought presented, soon after the Good Book is closed? It does not have to be that way, but you must want to learn.
Plan a time to read the Bible just as you plant to eat a well-prepared meal. The Word is spiritual food for the soul. Plan to spend the time to sit down to this feast as if you were dining out each evening. Prepare to feast from the manna of heaven as joyfully as you would for a many coursed, beautiful banquet served to you at the best restaurant you can imagine. Good food for thought, lasting friendships and hope for the future are some menu items -- a plan hard to improve upon.
Do have some study reference books at hand. Use them to build the whole picture remembering to keep the "Word" separate from the opinions of others. The Word is Truth; never forget that fact. Search it well for answers to daily troubles and joys of life. Answers are found if an effort is made. God works best if we bring ourselves daily to the feast wanting to know of his love and care. Do not starve. Come in complete sincerity, believing God. Obey his commands, have faith in him "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" (Matthew 21:22). Leave this time of study, spiritually refreshed!
Indeed, the knowledge that somehow our Lord, from his throne above, stretches his loving arms around us for protection and love should thrill us. His love becomes the very essence for life itself. How our hearts should sing in joyful praise! He is the Beginning and the End. How then can we be sad, we have the promise of Jesus! "Let not your heart be troubled: Ye believe in God, . . . I go to prepare a place for you . . . I will come again and receive you . . . If you love me, keep my commandments. I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you" (John 14:1-18).
How much more do we need to read from the Bible to realize there is a far richer home "made without hands" just waiting for us? The Bible, the key, unlocks the door. Use the key, make the effort and invite Jesus as your guest into your life. The home of the soul depends on that choice. The Righteous Judge will have his day.
Pick up the key, the Bible. Study it now, today. "And ye shall seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13). Search for the Lord daily! Just how do you read your Bible?