I believe two of the most important disciplines in the life of a Christian should be their prayer life and their understanding of the scriptures. In today’s high speed, over crowded world we don’t see scripture as a desperate need for our souls. Therefore our learning of Scripture is reduced to a two hour segment on Sunday. However, Luke has something to say about this kind of thinking directly:
Acts 17:11 – these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
In other words, these Bereans were considered more noble than those who casually considered the Sunday preached word enough. If there is anyone we should take our lead from, it is the ancient Hebrews, who had an appropriate view of Scripture. Then in the New Testament we find the same type of importance and urgency put on the learning and understanding of scripture.
Here is the point – there is nothing we put in our brains that will effectively last throughout eternity for the good of our souls like the Word of God. There is nothing that can give peace, rest, and joy to our souls like the word of God. Sure, it is easy to read the Bible and feel as if you don’t get anything out of it. I get that. But what i have found is that reading the Bible even if you don’t understand it is much like planting an oak tree seed in the ground – it’s there, but you can’t really see anything. Then all of the sudden it begins to take root, it begins to feed your soul, and you begin to understand things you didn’t understand before.
My prayer is that you will become a glutton for the word of God!