For many years, I have
started my day with a systematic reading of the Word of God so that
I read it in its entirety every year. What great dividends this
habit has brought into my life. This is so ingrained into my schedule
that no matter where I am, Gods Word is the first item on
my agenda for the day. This discipline is not bondage or a heavy
weight, but something I enjoy and look forward to.
I am continually amazed
at how the preselected Scriptures prepare me for the events of the
upcoming day. I am reminded by this simple fact that God knows who
I am and is concerned enough about me to give daily instructions.
At times, the Holy Spirit uses very obscure verses to speak directly
to my heart, which is an added blessing. Since all Scripture is
inspired, I read every verse including the genealogies and the laws
in Leviticus. If they are important enough to be included by the
Holy Spirit, then they are important enough for me to read. I need
the whole counsel of God through His Word, not just selected verses.
A daily reading of the
Bible also provides up-to-the-minute correction, whether it applies
to my social life or my conduct in the marketplace. A minor correction
is always better than a major discipline. Again, I am amazed at
how God speaks to my heart in such a gentle, yet corrective way.
I believe it is impossible to fall into error if we are prayerfully
reading the Bible every day. Enlightenment and discernment always
flow from the Word.
The greatest blessing
of daily Bible reading comes by way of inspiration and encouragement
and I need both in large helpings. Very often, great joy
will fill my heart as I hear what God is saying to me. This dispels
fear and uncertainty and gives me peace even if I am in the midst
of turmoil. I have learned that the peace of God that passes all
understanding usually comes through His Word, not through circumstance
or other people. I encourage you to try it.
Charles E. Hackett
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