I love books! Ask Doug or our children and they will tell you that I love books. I wish I had a finished storage building with book cases so I could store all my books in one place. Of course I would want a comfortable chair, lamp, and telephone, and controlled climate. Might as well add some carpet, too!
Recently I received a book, “Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary,” that I had ordered, used of course. This will prove to be one of my most treasured books next to the Bible.
The older I have grown, the greater my interest has become in reading the Bible and books of a spiritual nature. Isn’t it sad that we don’t see the importance when we are young, and while we can remember things much easier? No doubt being busy with the home, children, and helping make a living, causes us to put these things on the back burner, so to speak. I want to think, or trust, we do the best we can under the circumstances.
It is never too late to grow spiritually by studying God’s word. A day void of reading the Bible or praying does not put us on a downward spiral where we can’t get up and try to do better the next day, the next hour, or minute. It’s like falling down. We have to get back up. And what is that saying, “Always get up one more time than you fall down” to be successful? The same is true with our devotion to a study of God’s word. If we miss a day, we must try again the next.
We must watch what we read. We should make sure that which we read does not lead our minds to dark or sinful places mentally. It must be “clean” reading. It must be something of which He (our Lord) would approve.
We must watch what we read because not only is God watching, but others are also. If there are small children, grandchildren, or others in the home, they see what is beside our chair, or on the table next to it. “There’s an all-seeing eye watching you.”
We must watch what we read because it takes valuable time. We are either growing mentally and spiritually from what we are reading, or we may be wasting our time. Time is valuable. Time spent should be spent valuably. We will give account of how we use our time.
It has always disturbed me to think I have spent more time reading something secular than I have spent reading something spiritually uplifting in a day. Our time spent with God should supersede everything else.
Quality time spent with the Great Physician offers greater healing than any prescription ever filled by man.