I don’t want to read my Bible today.
I promise I’ll do it tomorrow.
This is a real temptation. I know because it has happened to me way too often.
It’s shameful to admit that we often let our feelings drive us to deception and lack of wise judgement. Satan wants us to base our actions off of our feelings. He wants to lead us into thinking that because we don’t feel like it, we don’t need it. That’s why we can’t let our feelings drive our actions. Because the Bible is so much more than something we read just when we feel like it.
We Need God’s Word
The Bible has the power to discern thoughts and actions. It isn’t simply a self-help guide or a handbook for the Christian life. It’s the word of God. It has the power that only comes from Him. We need to read the Bible because we need strength. We need hope. We need grace. We need joy.The Bible isn't simply a self-help guide or a handbook for the Christian life. It's the word of God. Click To Tweet
It takes some humility to admit that without the Bible, the Christian life is insufficient. Without the Bible, our lives are missing the strength, hope, grace, and joy we need to live. Without the word of God, we are opening our lives to the temptations of the devil.
Fellow teens, we need to do the opposite. We need to close the door to temptation. We need to shut it and lock it tight. We can’t afford to give Satan that kind of opportunity to take away from us the joy and hope we have in Christ.
God’s word is our direction in life. Without it we would be lost, given up to Satan and chained to his deceit. No other book has the power to give us the peace and hope only found in trusting God’s wisdom.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Make the Bible the Center of Your Life
The Bible is powerful–really powerful. It is literally God’s spoken word to us. It has the power to change our lives. How could we ever neglect it? How could we ever not want God to work in our lives, to make us better people?
What if instead of thinking of Bible reading as just another thing on our “to-do list”, we shaped everything else around God’s word, making the Bible our main focus and faithfully seeking God’s instruction for our lives through reading His word?What if instead of thinking of Bible reading as just another thing on our to-do list, we shaped everything else around God's word? Click To Tweet
Let’s stop allowing our feelings to dictate our lives and trust what we know we should be doing. I know–from my own experience–that the more I get into the habit of reading God’s word the more enjoyable it becomes for me. I’m not saying it will ever be easy, but it will get easier.
The more you learn to read the word, the more you will begin to love it, and God will give you the grace you need to learn to obey. It’s truly an amazing thing, guys. Persevere.