I was in the shower when I started wondering why I hadn’t written anything for a while. I tend to see a lesson in almost everything on a daily basis and so I was wondering what was up with me.
It dawned on me as I sat down with my cup of tea and picked up the book I so eagerly had wanted to get back to.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading in recent times.
It was part of my many recent resolutions and I’m so grateful to God that I have been able to keep up with it in the first quarter of the year. For many years I had a spell of not reading. During this period almost every area of my study life was affected.
It was so unlike me; especially as I recall as a youngster my sister and I would read books back to back in a competition- like fashion for months on end. We were propelled to read quickly due to the exchange programme we had set up between ourselves. Not finishing the book quickly enough would cause a delay for the other person. We were exposed to the numerous old books my parents had kept and a constant supply of newly demanded ones. My mum had many personal self help books; my young mind devoured them, sometimes finishing them before she had even started reading them herself. 2 or 3 intrigued me so much that 20 years later I purchased them for myself and have them in my collection today. My husband and I also had a stint years ago reading the ‘left behind’ series by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. We went week after week reading on and on until we almost felt like extra characters in the books (Thinking of that now who on earth would want to be left behind!). I have so many books that I have bought over the years that I haven’t been able to read all of them yet and so finally I’ve got my groove back and I’m on a mission to get through all of them at some point, I really like Christian books, autobiographies and self help books but of a necessity I also have to do some professional reading at times!
The influence all these books have had on my life over the years is undeniable. I personally know in many ways I am a product of many of the books I read years and years ago and this has reminded me of how important reading is.
A living book that comes alive with power each time it is opened, The Bible really is my best book of all time. It is not a story book and not a novel but a book that when opened renews its message over and over again. I tell you, the more I read self help books, Christian literature and motivational and inspirational books, the more I understand that everything that is written that works or makes sense is based on biblical principles and the word of God, whether the author knows or acknowledges it or not!
As I have spent more time over the past few months reading the word of God I am finding more and more treasure, more and more strength, more and more knowledge.
It really is never ending. One chapter can apply to 5 different things; one verse can answer a question that has bugged me for ages. One word can comfort, encourage, enlighten and uplift me and others.
The word of God is so complete , so full, and so relevant, I have seen things that I have read 5 times before come alive in a new way, make me scream, make me laugh, make me cry, give me hope, give me new instructions and insight.
It is the written word of God to our heart and as instructed we should study in every way to show ourselves approved.
2 Timothy 2:15 King James Version (KJV)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.