“I have not departed from the commandment of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth
More than my necessary food.” Job 23.12
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
“We must learn to know the Scriptures again, as the Reformers and our fathers knew them. We must not grudge the time and work that it takes. We must know the Scriptures first and foremost for the sake of our salvation. But besides this, there are ample reasons that make this requirement exceedingly urgent…But one who will not learn to handle the Bible for himself is not an evangelical Christian.”
The believer’s day is richer and more fruitful when it begins in prayer and in the presence of the Lord, waiting upon Him as He speaks to us from His Word. Bonhoeffer was earnest about this, and we should be, too. Both Job and Jeremiah (15.16) testified to the importance of feeding on the Word of God. As pastors and teachers, we should not limit our time in the Word to that which is needed to prepare for preaching and teaching. Feeding on the Word – all the Word – will give us the spiritual strength to know and serve the Lord as we long to do. And only when we’re feeding on the Word can we expect and help others to do so.
Does your daily reading of Scripture take you regularly through all the counsel of God? How do you know when you’ve “fed” on God’s Word?
T. M. Moore
Introduction to Biblical Theology
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.