Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
In some ways, we all could do better when it comes to Bible study or devotions. I was challenged this week by a quote from Thomas Edison. He once said, "Five percent of people think, ten percent of people think they think, and the other 85 percent would rather die than think." I asked myself, which of those statistics am I. I at least think I like to think, so I know that I am somewhere in that top 15 percent. But do I really think?
For me I was particularly challenged to make sure I truly think about what I'm reading, especially when I'm reading the Bible. Obviously I think and study as I'm working on sermons, but do I think during my other Bible reading times. Am I digging deep as I read for my own spiritual nourishment, or do I just snack on the surface of God's Word? The passage above talks about the man who is blessed, or happy. Basically, the happy man doesn't enjoy hanging around with sin. Whether it be sinful, fleshly advice to do what is not right, or going with the flow and doing what is not right, the happy man doesn't enjoy it, nor does he want to be a part of it. The happy man delights in the law of the LORD, or the Bible.
The happy man enjoys God's Word. What does it mean to enjoy God's Word? I think of it like a letter from a good friend. You can't wait to hear what they have written to you. You read intently trying to make sure you understand what they are telling you. That is what reading the Bible should be like. God has given us His Word to reveal Himself to us. So we are reading letters from God to us. He tells us about Himself and about how much He loves us. He shows us how we can enter into a relationship with Him. And He shows us how we can follow and be like Him. By saying, "Like Him," I mean that we resemble and act like Him; we don't become a god or something like that.
So if we enjoy God's Word, then we will meditate in it, or think about it, day and night. If we truly enjoy God's Word, then it will be something that we think about all the time. We read God's Word throughout the day, and His Word sticks with us constantly bringing us joy and peace throughout our day. So have you thought about it lately? Have you thought about what you are reading from God's Word? Have you ever had a moment where God reminded you of something you read and it brought you joy and peace? What are some verses that often come to mind and bring you joy and peace? Comment and share below.