Daily Devotional 6-30-20

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I’m always shocked at the number of people who call themselves Christians that never read the Bible. Christianity isn’t just some club that you join. It’s a life that you live. It’s all about loving God and sharing. God’s love with other people, but Christians are people of the book. We’re all about the Bible. So how can we say that we love God if we don’t love his word?

The Bible isn’t just a book of rules to keep us from having fun and to tell us all the things that we can’t do. The laws and the principles that we learn in Scripture come from a good God, and they’re written for our good and for the good of others.

Psalm 1:1-3 says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (ESV).

Now notice that this blessed person doesn’t just read the Bible out of obligation. Psalm one says that the blessed person delights in it. The blessed person is passionate about the Bible and enjoys it. They delight in it so much that they meditate on it day and night. They think about it. They remind themselves of it. They memorize passages of scripture. See, this is not just a person who grew up going to religious services and has heard the Bible before. This is a person who eagerly and joyfully reads the Bible and thinks deeply about what they are reading without any compulsion from somebody else.

So what are the results of someone who delights in God’s word? Well, Psalm 1 tells us that they flourish. God’s commands are written not to stifle us, but to help us grow and to be fruitful.

Now, this isn’t some prosperity theology thing. Following God, won’t always make you rich, okay? But you will reap rewards. Following God completely will improve how your relationships go, because you’re going to become more loving. You’re going to become more forgiving and caring and compassionate about other people. It will improve some of your financial decisions because you’re going to learn to be more content with what you have if you follow God’s law not to covet and to worry about other people’s stuff. And it’s going to give you a greater sense of joy and love and peace and patience and kindness. But more importantly, even though you’ll still experience difficulty and suffering here on earth (it’s going to happen), you will reap a far greater reward in heaven.

So here’s my question and my challenge to you today: Do you delight in the law of the Lord? Do you delight in reading, discussing, and thinking about the Bible? If not, the question is why not? What’s getting in the way?

I learned long ago that when I felt that I wasn’t really delighting myself in the Lord, there was usually something that was going on, something that was wrong in my heart. I mean, I was seeking delight in maybe the wrong things. And so, as a result of things like unforgiveness, anger, selfishness, jealousy, bitterness, discontentment, pride, or any other unhealthy desire was overshadowing my delight in God. So I needed to repent, and I needed to seek God’s forgiveness because my delight was not in the Lord, but on something else.

So, do you delight in the Bible? If not, ask God today to reveal to you whatever it is that might be getting in the way. May we be a people that delight in God’s law and follow him wholeheartedly.