“And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.”Nehemiah 8:5-6
I typically will start the day reading my Bible before I get ready for work. I have developed this habit over several years, even when I used to wake up early to go to work. I have done my best to not skip out on Bible reading, but there are some days when I promised I would do it later but “later” never came because I let sleep or other activities keep me from that. I have learned for me, personally, that if I am going to get my reading in, it needs to be completed first thing in the morning. I would like to say that this time has always been fruitful for me, but there were times when my mind was in a million places and not on the text before me.
The devil seems to bring every thought and worry into your mind when you are trying to read the Word. It seems people try to contact you, or they need something during this quiet time. I have also been guilty of trying to rush through this time instead of meditating or asking God to speak to my heart. I simply have checked it off my list instead of it being the most important part of my day. I sometimes find myself drifting into other thoughts, and I must remember to ask God to speak to me through His Word. God’s Word should never be something we take lightly or for granted.
God’s Word should be reverenced above all other books we read. We still stand when we read God’s Word in church, and I think it is a great way to pay respect to what God has to say. God’s Word is not a suggestion, but it is the very inspired words of God, which we need to obey. I have been guilty of taking His word lightly by the way I have lived my life and the way I have neglected it. I am amazed when I speak to other Christians just how common it is that God’s Word is neglected from day to day as if it is of no importance. I am convicted by these verses to give God’s Word the respect it deserves by reading and obeying it.
Did you show reverence to God’s Word? Do you take it seriously or do you take it lightly? Is your copy dusty, or do you make it a daily habit to hear what God has to say? The Bible is a living book and God speaks to us differently every time we read it if we will take the time to do so. Will you give His Word reverence? Will you allow Him to change your life through His Word? May others see a life lived by the truth and standards of God as we read and apply His Word to our life. Dwight L. Moody once said, “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”