I can’t even sugar coat the thoughts I had before my relationship with Christ…when I looked at God’s word I didn’t see the importance, I didn’t see it as something that I needed. No one else I knew read it consistently or really ever for that matter. I had one…a very nice one actually…the one that I now use daily to study God’s word. At this season of my life and in my walk with God when I look at that same Bible, my heart hurts to know that I spent so long feeling that way about God’s word. That I spent so much time running from the very thing that gave me life.
Over the next 5 years after accepting Christ, my life was a roller coaster…I met and married my husband, we had our first child, my father died unexpectedly, we had 2 miscarriages, we bought our first home, and we had our second child. I felt at times like I was on that ride a the amusement park…you know that one…it drops really fast and without warning. I remember each big event that took place I consulted God’s word, though it was still not part of my daily activities….I clung to His words when the bottom dropped out or new things where happening in our life. I hungered for His word but had no clue where to begin.
While some may not see that daily Bible study is vital to our lives as Christian women, I beg to differ on the subject. Those first 5 years were rough and BUSY, but the second 5 years didn’t slow down, they have been filled with just as many ups and downs…new ups and downs at that….but here is the difference; I was able to keep standing, I was able to catch my breath when the bottom fell out quickly because I had a confidence builder. God’s word provided confidence in Him, in His presence, in His power, in His grace and mercy….not to say I didn’t have those things before but God’s word is a game changer, when we study and know His word we are equipped. His word was given with a purpose and He tells us that it will not return empty but it will do what He has set out for it to accomplish. (Isaiah 55:11)
The Bible is here for us…not just in the moments when the roller coaster bottoms out but in our everyday lives. “All scripture is God breathed and profitable for teaching, rebuking, correction, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) We cannot be thoroughly equipped without daily being in God’s word. It is for us daily, right where we are…it is for you friend, it is for me…how do I know? I know because I live that truth daily…Open your Bible and let Him show you.