Posted by: pastortomvabeach | September 6, 2017

Thought for the Week September 10, 2017

On Sunday, I posed this question: if there was a vitamin pill that was guaranteed to give you physical strength, emotional peace and joy, to stop the aging process, to eliminate all sickness and disease, and guarantee that you wouldn’t die, the only caveat being that you absolutely had to take it every day because missing even one day would weaken its effects, how many would be sure to take it every day? From the response of the congregation, I surmised that everyone would be very careful to never miss that pill.

Have you every considered that God’s Word’s is that sort of spiritual vitamin? Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3, when He said, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Peter said we should desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby (I Peter 2:2). Daily reading and thinking on God’s Word builds spiritual muscle. supports emotional balance, gives peace and joy, and strengthens our hope and certainty of eternal life. Missing one day weakens all of these and missing on a continual basis reduces spiritual energy more rapidly each day which also reduces our desire for the Word.

As we have grown older my wife and I take medications and vitamins daily to help with our blood pressure, heart, etc. To keep track we each have little pill minders that have our meds divided up into daily boxes. While missing one day probably will not be the end of the world, we understand that missing a lot could jeopardize our health so the pill minders help to remind us what we’ve taken and when.

What kind of minder (plan) do you have to keep you on track with regularly reading and absorbing God’s Word? I can tell you that the “open Bible and point finger” method doesn’t work. First off, you will not get the full exposure to Scripture that you need and secondly you might wind up laying your finger on the verse that says, Judas went out and hanged himself, then, realizing that’s not a very good place to start, find the next random verse says, Go and do likewise! That’s not how you want to read the Bible.

There are many many exceptional sources in print and on-line that offer disciplined, well planned reading guides. The one I’m using this year even has a devotional with each reading segment that helps me apply what I read. The You Version Bible is an excellent resource with at least dozens of different reading plans. You could use the guide that accompanies this thought each week.

Whatever you do, just do something. Read, meditate (which simple means think about it), memorize a verse here and there. God’s Word will be your spiritual vitamin and you will be the better for it. Doctor Tom prescribes daily Gos-pills for your spiritual well being. Just a thought to ponder.

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