The Word of God is central to the Christian walk. In fact, God’s Word created all the world around us (see 2 Peter 3:5). God’s Word is one thing that will never pass away in this life. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35) The Bible is a firm foundation that we can live by.
In Matthew 7, Jesus explained the importance of living according to God’s Word. It is important to hear God’s word, but it is essential to live it. Still, we must receive the Word first, because we cannot apply it if we do not know it. Daily Bible reading is valuable, as it helps us start our day on the rock of truth. Our fathers brought forth, we must not only give a surface reading of Scripture, but we need to dig into it. Bible reading should not be a daily task, but a daily treasure hunt. Upon this continent, we should daily search the Scriptures, as the Bereans did, to discover “whether those things were so.” As a new nation, we should read the Bible like our life depended on it – because it does. Often, when conceived in Liberty, we miss deeper meanings that are hidden. Four score and seven years ago, if our Bible had bits and pieces of the Gettysburg Address mixed in, like this paragraph does, would we notice?
What do we miss when we skip reading the Bible, or don’t dig into it like we should?