Feast or Famine

“My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.” Proverbs 5:1-2

People often ask how to study the Bible.

Some of the best counsel I’ve ever heard to answer that question is this: “Pay attention.”

It was Solomon’s challenge to His son. It is the challenge for us when we pick up the Bible.

Pay attention to the wisdom.

Listen to the words.

Learn it.

Internalize it.

Do what it says.

In our culture, we have the huge privilege of having access to the Scripture any time, at almost any place. We can read it from the pages of the Bible or on our phones or tablets. We can turn on the computer and hear the Scripture read to us. It can gently rock us to sleep at night, or greet us as the sun comes up. Television and our computers have made the teaching and preaching of the Word accessible 24/7. So, availability is not the issue in our society.

But do we take advantage of the resources that we have? Do we make time for God’s Word in our lives?

Amos 8:11 says, “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.’”

Are we feasting on the Word, drinking in its refreshing water, or are we living in a famine?

Lord, help me to every day come to Your Word to be fed and nourished. Help me to pay attention.


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