cropped-rose-white-and-pinkPsalm 119:27, “Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on Your wonderful works”

Psalm 119:105, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”

In his intuitive book, “The Root of the Righteous”, A.W. Tozer writes, “Probably the most widespread and persistent problem to be found among Christians is the problem of retarded spiritual progress. Why, after years of Christian profession, do so many persons find themselves no farther along than when they first believed?” Tozer concludes that the probable cause is “failure to give time to the nurturing of the knowledge of God.” Then he adds, “Progress in the Christian life is exactly equal to the growing knowledge we gain of the Triune God in personal experience … we may as well accept it: there is no shortcut to sanctity.”

While writing this devotional my thoughts were of another most effective Bible teacher of the early 20th century. His name, Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951), and according to a close friend, Ironside devoted the first hour of every day to Bible study and prayer. It was his “morning watch,” as he put it, and a necessary part of every day. On one occasion when Ironside was lecturing at a seminary, a student came to him and said, “Dr. Ironside, I understand that you get up early every morning to read and study your Bible.” ‘Oh, I’ve been doing it every since I became born again,” he replied. “Well, how do you manage to do it?” the student asked. “Do you pray about it?” “No,” Ironside said. “I get up.”

My brethren, Ironside knew that his spiritual life depended on a regular time in the Word of God. He didn’t need to ask God if he should do it, or to give him the desire to do it. He regarded this discipline as absolutely necessary in the development of his spiritual life and his influence on others. He couldn’t get along without it and as believers in Christ, we shouldn’t either.

Further reflection:

My brethren, in this instant age in which we find ourselves, we tend to look for shorter and easier ways of doing things. However, there is no way to acquire instant spiritual maturity regarding God’s precious Word. We cannot press a key, or click on a computer button and have God suddenly create in us a wonderful, well-rounded knowledge of Himself. Abraham couldn’t. It took years of seeking, trusting, waiting and obeying before he fully knew the God who called him (and so it is with us).

And it was the same with Joseph, Moses, and David. God, our Creator, gave us His Book, and we need to make it our Book. We need to read it, meditate on it, putting into practice what it says, and then we will begin to know a little more of God Himself. His Eternal Word is nourishment for our mind, body and soul. Psalm 119:94 says, “I have sought Your precepts” and Psalm 119:105 tell us, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”. The questions that each born-believer in Christ must ask would be:

(1) Do I realize how much I need the light of God’s Word each day?
(2) Am I developing the habit of reading and studying it regularly?

It is God’s will that we should read
His Word from day to day;
Not just for knowledge, but for this:
To know Him and obey. – Hess

Open your Bible prayerfully, read it carefully and obey it joyfully.