Day 16

God’s Word: Our Priority

Listen to me and treasure my instructions…Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:1,5)

Sometimes spending time with God can seem like just one more item on an already long to-do list. It’s easy to lose perspective on exactly why we need to spend time in God’s Word daily. But as today’s Scripture tells us, God promises that if we listen to Him and treasure His instructions for life, we will know Him and what it means to fear Him. Our relationship with Christ is to be at the very top of our list of priorities, and that should be reflected in our love for God’s Word and in our striving to understand His truth. In talking about his spiritual journey, Charles Lindbergh once said:

In my youth, science was more important to me than either man or God. I worshipped science. Its advance had surpassed man’s wildest dreams. It took many years for me to discover that science, with all its brilliance, lights only a middle chapter of creation. I saw the aircraft I love destroying the civilization I expected it to save. Now I understand that spiritual truth is more essential to a nation than the mortar in its cities’ walls. For when the actions of a people are undergirded by spiritual truths, there is safety. When spiritual truths are rejected, it is only a matter of time before civilization will collapse. We must understand spiritual truths and apply them to our modern life. We must draw strength from the almost forgotten virtues of simplicity, humility, contemplation and prayer. It requires a dedication beyond science, beyond self, but the rewards are great and it is our only hope.

Do you want a life full of rewards? Then make learning, loving, and understanding the truths of God’s Word your priority.

Jesus, help me to make understanding your Word my priority.

What is God saying to you right now? Jot down those thoughts and pray them back to Him.

This devotion was taken from: The One Year Book of Devotions for Men on the Go; November 7; by Stephen Arterburn and Bill Farrel

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