New Year’s resolutions are so easy to make and so difficult to keep. Old habits die hard. Old desires still burn within. Many of us resolve to start good habits, eating healthy, exercising, and reading the Bible every day. These are good, life-affecting habits, but all too often we get sidetracked and let our good resolutions fall by the wayside. I would like to encourage you in one particular good resolution, that of reading the Bible daily.
When we determine to read the Bible, we start off well, but somewhere around Leviticus, our resolve weakens. The book closes and the dust starts to build. And satan claps his evil hands in delight. I’ve heard it said that the devil doesn’t care if you look at porn or Facebook as long as you don’t look at your Bible. Why? Because this is the Living Word of the Living God. Moses said, “These are not just idle words for you, they are your life” (Deut. 32:47). They are protection against sin (Ps 119:11), and a source of delight, truth, and hope (vs. 24, 43, 49). They preserve our lives (v. 37), are ancient and time-tested (vs. 52, 140 ), give us knowledge and good judgment (v. 66), and are trustworthy and eternal (vs. 86, 89). They are wonderful (v. 129), righteous (v. 138), true (v. 142), and forever right (v. 144).
The Word of God is “a lamp to my feet and a light for my path (v. 105) and “the Joy of my heart” (v. 111). I have been reading and studying the Bible for many years, getting up early every morning to spend time in prayer and to soak my spirit in God’s Holy and perfect Word, to study and dig deeper for understanding and nuggets of wisdom and truth. It shows me who I am, who God is, and the price He paid to redeem me and change my heart and my life. And it will do the same for you if you don’t give up.
I have started a Bible-writing group on Facebook, to write down every word of the Scriptures on paper and on our hearts. It’s a long-term commitment and it can change your life. You can learn more about it here. Beloved, riches are waiting for you beyond your wildest imagination between Genesis and Revelation. Dive into the deep end and keep swimming.