“The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.” Proverbs 15:14
II Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Solomon in his writings stressed the importance of gaining wisdom. True wisdom comes from God and can be obtained by reading and studying the Word of God. When Paul was mentoring the young man, Timothy, he advised him to study the word of God.
There are so many advantages to reading the Bible, and not only reading it but memorizing it so that it will be hidden in our hearts when we need it. Here are a few to consider:
- Facing a situation where you don’t know what to do? As you pray, the Holy Spirit will bring to your mind a scripture that contains the answer.
- Tempted to do something wrong? Scripture will come to our minds and give us the strength to overcome temptation. Jesus, when tempted by the devil, simply answered, “It is written.”
- Doubt creeps into your mind as to where you stand with God. Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
- Fear grips your heart. Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
- Sorrow over the loss of a loved one. I Thessalonians 4:13 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.”
- Someone has treated you badly. Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
- Feeling lonely. Jesus has promised, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
Prayer: Jesus, we are so thankful for your Word, which is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. In it, we can find the answers to anything we are going through. Help us to read and meditate upon it so that it is hidden in our hearts.
Devotion by Anne Johnston