The Christian’s Devotional Life #3 – Bible Study:
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby: If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” (1 Peter 2:2-3).
There are three important aspects of the Christian’s devotional life, and so far we have considered two of them. On the first day, we looked at the topic of personal worship. Worship is not just something we do at church on Sundays, but it is to be a part of our daily devotional life as well. Yesterday, we looked at the topic of personal prayer. We saw the example of Jesus, who rose early in the morning to depart to a solitary place to spend time with the Heavenly Father in prayer. Both worship and prayer are important components of a healthy devotional life. Today we come to the third foundation stone in the Christian’s devotional life—personal Bible study.
In our key Scripture above, the Apostle Peter challenges us to earnestly desire the sincere milk of the Word of God so that we may grow spiritually. Personal Bible study is not just a luxury for Christians—it is an absolute essential! The Lord Jesus said, “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4). Not only does God’s Word teach us about who God is, and how He wants us to live, but because the Bible is a living, spiritual book, it nourishes and strengthens our spirits every time we feed upon it. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17). Every time we read the Bible, our faith increases.
Not only is the Bible essential for spiritual growth, so that our spirit can be strengthened and our faith increased, but God’s Word is also necessary to give us direction for our life. “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105). God’s Word gives us the necessary godly wisdom that we need to fulfill God’s plan for our lives. “For ever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89). When we live our lives in obedience to God’s Word, we are building our life on a solid foundation that will not be shaken. Jesus said, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matt. 7:24-27).
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If that’s true, then I believe that God’s Word is the breakfast of champions. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8).
Pastor Chris Jordan