When I was a child I remember my grandmother having a small container that was shaped like a loaf of bread. Inside it had small cards with scriptures written on them. I loved to pull them out and read them. It was called Daily Bread.
I can remember closing my eyes and picking one and thinking to myself, “This is God’s message to me today.”
Of course, if I thought I pulled the wrong one, I kept pulling until I got one I liked.
Isn’t that like us as humans? God gives us his word. It’s food for our soul. It’s literally our daily bread. We read it and God tries to speak to us through it, but if we don’t like it we move on to something we want to hear.
I’ve watched a video and some of you may have seen it as well. It’s a group of Chinese Christians who have just received a suitcase full of smuggled bibles. They rip the suitcase open and start grabbing them like it’s the last morsel of food and they haven’t eaten in a week. Because for them, it is the first morsel of God’s word they’ve ever had. The first taste of the Bread of Life. I’ve cried like a baby watching that video.
We have over five bibles in our house. Likely well over that amount. Yet, these people have never had the privilege of even holding one. So when they get them, they are hugging them and crying because they are so overcome with joy.
I’m sure they don’t try to skip around and find the parts that make them feel good. They want the entire thing. They want to learn what God says. They want to KNOW him. The way they do that is through his word. What is one thing we tend to do when we are getting to know someone? Whether it be a date or just a friend. We go out to eat. We spend time together over a meal. That’s the way I look at reading my bible. I’m spending time with the Lord over a meal. I’m getting to know him. What he likes, what he doesn’t like, and what he thinks of me.
How could I turn the parts away that I don’t like? No one likes to be corrected. Yet, the word of God will do just that. Sometimes that’s what we need. Our loving Father has given us such a great tool. It has everything we need from encouragement in hard times to rebuke when we do wrong. The WORD is alive. It’s the very breath of God given to us. What made the first man live? God breathed into him. It’s the same with us. If we’ll read his Word, God will breathe life into us. If we choose not to, then we’ll slowly allow the weeds of sin to choke us to death.
Pull up to the table, get your daily bread out and start reading. Don’t put the ones back that you don’t like because God may be speaking to you through them too. It’s called growth. Above all, be thankful that you have the precious gift of His Word.