Here is a phrase frequently attributed to members of the medical profession: “Take two tablets and call me in the morning!” Well, the Great Physician has something similar to say to all of us, “Take two tablets and call me anytime!” Coming from a doctor, this would be called your daily medication; from the Great Physician, this can be called your daily meditation.
With countless voices vying for our attention throughout the day—radio voices, television voices, advertising voices, friend voices, co-worker voices, family voices, our own internal voice—it is critical that we spend time each day meditating on the only voice that really matters: the voice of Truth (John 14:6).
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-3, 14)
Initially, when we think of the Law, we recall the two tablets of the Law that God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai. This is good and right, because the Author of Life knows the best way for His people to live life and gave us His Ten Commandments as our guide. As my friend Steve Brown likes to say, “The Ten Commandments tell us where the land mines are located.” In other words, God’s Ten Commandments guide us safely through this life as pilgrims passing through on the way to the Celestial City. But we are never to camp out at the base of Mount Sinai, because all Scripture is to be read, studied, and meditated on for our profit and our progress.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
So . . . how much time have you been spending in the Word of God? I don’t ask this to frustrate you, or to cause you to feel like you are falling behind or even failing. A question like this is simply designed to get us to examine ourselves and see if we are on track or off track—the track that God has called us to run our race on. We must remember that God could easily have left it up to the Holy Spirit to encourage, inspire, motivate, teach, and train us . . . but He did not! He gave us His holy, infallible, inspired, and inerrant Word, contained in a book called the Bible so we would read it. Let me say something quite profound:
THE BOOK YOU DON’T READ . . . WON’T HELP!
Now, reading good books and magazines can be enjoyable, and even quite profitable. God delivers truth in a variety of ways and through a variety of different means. But these resources should never take the place of God’s Word. If you miss the next best-selling novel that hits the book shelf or anniversary issue of some magazine, your life probably won’t suffer. But if you miss the Word of God, life not only suffers, it begins to spiral out of control.
As a pastor, it’s not uncommon to hear people say that portions of the Bible are hard to read and even harder to understand, so they stay in the shallow waters of the familiar. Sure, some portions of Scripture are not easy to understand, but Jesus calls us to venture out into the deep waters of His truth. As we do, the Spirit of God will illuminate us to understand and apply that truth. Jesus promised His disciples (and that includes you) that the Holy Spirit would come and “guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13).
And the most important truth is Jesus! The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, tells the story of Jesus—how God in Christ came into this world to save sinners. This is the reason to read the revelation of our Redeemer. This is the reason to be able to say of sacred Scripture, “I make it my guide by day and my pillow by night.” By God’s grace, may this be our daily experience, regardless of the cost or circumstance.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!