Guy Sutula

So what one thing could you resolve to do right now that has the power to change everything about you that you want changed?

It’s simply reading the things which God determined were important enough for us to know about Him, and which He took the time to set down in words through the prophets (cf., Neh. 8; Ps. 119; etc.) and the apostles (2 Pet. 1:20; cf., 1 Pet. 1:10-12; etc.); His Word; Scripture; the Bible.

The importance and power of God’s Word cannot be over-stated, but sadly many Christians expertly undervalue and underestimate it. The truth is a Christian will never come to truly know Who God is if we fail to commit ourselves to reading the Words He has given us to tell us about Himself (1 Cor. 2:9, 14, 16; Phil. 2:5; cf., Deut. 5:29; Is. 55:8-9; John 16:12-13).

The challenge for many is that when they look at God’s Word all they see is a thick binding and small print so (1) determine the task is too daunting or, (2) begin reading God’s Word with an air of defeat! Others simply believe that God’s Word is beyond their ability to understand.

Why is that? God loves us (Jn. 3:16; 1 Jn. 4:10) and promises He will not hide Himself from those who seek Him (Dt. 4:29; Jr. 29:13; 33:3; Rm. 10:13; Rv. 3:20-22). Indeed, God WANTS us to KNOW Him (Jn. 17:3; Acts 17:27; Col. 3:1-4).

If you are having trouble understanding the Words God has given you by which to know Him, it’s not you who is deficient, change the translation of His Word you are using to one you can understand!

As to reading His Word being too daunting a task – do you know the average Bible translation has about 1281 pages? So, by reading just 12 pages a day one could read the Bible in about 90 days (15 weeks)! Still too daunting – reading 3½ pages a day one could read the Bible in a year. That’s 10-15 minutes a day; it’s getting out of bed 15 minutes earlier or going to bed 15 minutes later, or 15 minutes while eating lunch. How many hours of TV do you watch each day? Can’t you give 15 minutes of that time to God?

Here’s the thing: in getting our relationship with God right by learning about Him and understanding Who He is, we are more able to succeed in many other areas of our lives. For example, we’d learn our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19) and so desire to maintain it through diet and exercise; we’d learn of God’s design for relationships (Gen. 2) and that true human flourishing comes through developing them; and we’d learn that God has designed each and every one of us with purpose and meaning (cf., Gen. 5:1-2; Eccl. 12:13; 1 Pet. 4:11; etc., etc.), amongst many other things.

So here’s something to think about: God has given us life – so why do so many Christians find it so difficult to redeem just 15 minutes a day for Him?