Wake up and smell the Bible
By: Tim Calcara
Most people I know are conditioned to focus their affections on that first sip of freshly brewed coffee as the alarm goes off each day. Coffee is such a morning thing for millions of Americans that now coffeemakers are made to go off at a preset time so that when we gain consciousness, we can already smell it and hear it brewing. Minimizing the time that we have to wait for that all important first gulp is critical for the caffeine addict.
Now, I don’t mean to ruin that first cup of coffee by speaking disparagingly about your morning habit. Caffeine for many is a brain starter that may in fact be necessary to make reading God’s Word with retention in the morning even a possibility. That said, we all have things that we lean on to get us through rough spots in the day, to overcome boredom, to find guidance, to remain hopeful.
So what daily habits do you deem non-negotiable?
The point I’m trying to make is that I wonder if it’s possible to lean on that “fix of Scripture” the same way we do our morning java jolt? I have read about believers in other places who willingly risk their lives to live for Jesus and they’ll tell you that spending time with God each day is non-negotiable. Those that feel that reading, memorizing and meditating on the Scriptures is not an option regardless of personal cost are to be respected and emulated. You cannot go to a website like Voice of the Martyrs and not be moved by the consecrated life. Lives that make reading and studying the Bible as their most important task of the day are lives that change the world and usher in his Kingdom with power and influence!
Do they know something we don’t?
Could it be that loving God’s Word more than our morning “cup of joe” (or anything else for that matter) is the secret to finding a new gear in our Christian walk?
I’ve thought about this a lot and though I far fall short in my devotion to His holy presence, I am convinced that Job understood the secret to obeying the Lord in good times and bad.
I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. Job 23:12
Something to think about.