As the clock’s hands make their final lap, it seems everybody is either silently or verbally making his or her own New Years Resolution. Resolutions to make their bed every morning, get a membership at the gym, regulate the movies they watch and games they play, to earn more money, to save more money, etc etc…
I’ve been there and done that. The funny thing is, those grand resolutions and heroic aspirations always seem to lose the glitter after a while. For example, my copy of the book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. I got it used and the reader before me had faithfully underlined very insightful and wise statements within each daily reading – for only two weeks. There was not a sign of wear after January 13. (I am not superstitious, either!)
I had to chuckle when I saw that. It is so typical of us – make a great resolution, keep it up with fervor for a few days and then let it fizzle out. To make a year-long journey of growth, we need a year-long supply of food. God’s Word.
So. Reading your Bible – really reading, studying, and meditating on His word with an open and seeking heart. That, my friend, can cause growth at an astronomical rate – because Jesus Christ is all about relationships. Do you want this upcoming year to be really different? Get into the Bible and make it a daily fuel – its one potent fuel tank!
Check out these quotes from strong Christian believers to get a taste of what I mean.
“The vigor of our Spiritual life will be in exact porportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts… I look upon it as a lost day when I have not had a good time over the Word of God.” – George Muller
“The more you love the Scriptures, the firmer will be your faith. There is little backsliding when people love the Scriptures.” – D. L. Moody
“I prefer to believe those writers who get their throats cut for what they write.” – Blaise Pascal
“Nobody outgrows Scripture, the book widens and deepens with our years.” – Charles Spurgeon
“Don’t [merely] know the word of God; you need to know the God of the word.” – Leonard Ravenhill
Wow! Pretty good, eh? George Muller read the Bible, cover to cover, over 200 times in his life. Charles Surgeon is a renowned evangelist who wrote devotionals that cross centuries. D. L. Moody and Leonard Ravenhill, though separated in time, were men on fire for revivals. These men took meaningful time to study God’s Word and it worked powerfully through them.
I’m in the mood for it, so here are two more soul-punching quotes you can’t miss!
“This book had to be written by one of three people: good men, bad men, or God. It couldn’t have been written by good men, because they said it was inspired by the revelation of God. Good men don’t lie and deceive. It couldn’t have been written by bad men because bad men would not write something that would condemn themselves. It leaves only one conclusion. It was given by divine inspiration of God.” – John Wesley
“Let’s search; let’s pray; let’s get still; let’s get quiet. Let’s learn the wonder of silence. Let’s learn the beauty, the secret of seeking after God. With our Bible open before us and our knees bent, all alone in the humility and penitence, let us cry “Only God, only God and God alone! Take the world but give me Jesus!” Will you do that? We need it in the Church. We all need it. May God grant it in Jesus Christ our Lord.” – A. W. Tozer
“All Scripture is given by INSPIRATION OF GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
In closing, here is my prayer for you all today:
“Let us strive, every year we live, to become more deeply connected with Scripture.” – J. C. Ryle
And may it last longer than just January 13.
Happy New Year!!