September Discipline: Study/Reading 09/14/2009

Posted by Dave Clayton on

Being completely transparent, studying scripture is probably the one thing that I struggle with the most. And the truth is I have no excuse, I have a bible app on my phone so it is literally accessible to me everywhere I go. So why is it so hard for me to just open it up and read? The truth is I am still a very immature Christian and let laziness reign more often than discipline. Also, sometimes I just get overwhelmed. The bible is so stinking big that it sometimes discourages me. But as Sydney said in the last blog, it’s great to just take it a verse at a time if you have to. It’s actually very beneficial to do so in my opinion. Memorizing a verse a day can be very productive to your spirituality because it gives you a chance to meditate and dwell on the scripture at hand and actually apply it to your life.

Why read scripture and study? It’s funny how much of a ‘coincidence’ it is when I don’t spend time in God’s word one week and I encounter great doubt, lack of faith, and discouragement. But when I do spend regular time in God’s word for some strange reason I’m able to face each day with purpose and ambition. I know, crazy right? Romans 12:2 states, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” The bible isn’t a 2000 year old outdated document that dinosaurs read because they’re out of touch with reality. Rather we out of touch with God if we don’t spend time in his word because the bible is the LIVING, BREATHING word of God.

The other day I was talking to Dave about struggles of mine and spirituality in general and as we were talking I had this thought. So often I see “spiritual giants”, so to speak, that seem to have it all figured out. They’re in tune with God’s purpose. They derive exponential amounts of joy through doing God’s will. Everything they do produces fruit 10 fold what they have sewn. I see these people and think, “why can’t I have what they have?! This isn’t fair!” But then I realize that they have spent years, even decades, devoting countless time in prayer, studying, meditation, fasting, and other spiritual disciplines to get to where they are in their relationship with God.

If you’ve never worked hard or applied yourself in any way, would you take a drive down Tyne Boulevard and say, “that’s not fair that they have those nice houses and I don’t”. No. That would be childish. The truth is those people have worked very hard to provide nice homes for their families. The same is true with our spirituality. We have to spend time with God in prayer, meditation, and in his word. In doing so we are building our house upon a rock!

I would like to leave you with this thought. So often I get discoursed when things don’t go my way or I don’t feel God working in my life like I’d like him to. But then I remember that we were made to serve God, not the other way around, and I will serve him no matter what the outcome! I hope you guys have a great week!  God Bless!

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