J. C. Ryle: “Believe me, you cannot stand still in your souls. Habits of good or evil are daily strengthening in your hearts. Every day you are either getting nearer to God, or further off.”
Discussing this topic tonight at Bible study, and then examing myself, leaves me wanting to stronger comittment to God’s Word. If I am moving closer or further from God every day through my habits, then I want to be committed to God’s Word. His Word is the only way I can sustain spiritual maturation. In Hosea 4:1 and 4:6, it was a lack of knowlege of God’s word that destroyed the kingdom. In 6:3 and 6:6, it was returning to God’s Word that was the path to restoration.
“Bible before breakfast” was what I heard at a Navigator conference. Do I have any justification to refuse to spend a few minutes with God every morning? I don’t. And I think the level of consitency in my devotion to searching the scriptures is directly correclated to the value I ascribe to them.
I want to make a list of as many reasons I can find to read God’s word. I think that list will make my lack of justification for not spending time with my God all the more pathetic.