More than Just Reading
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 34; John 6
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Chronicles 34:14-33
I was looking at my contacts today when I came to the realization that there are many people listed in my phone that I have not spoken to in years. Most likely, this does not make me any different from anyone else, but it does bring to mind a question: What is the point of having someone’s contact information if you never actually contact him? Having the information is important, but putting that information into action is vital.
In today’s key passage, we find a lesson about this principle. The Book of the Law of the Lord, which was either the book of Deuteronomy or the entire Pentateuch, had been lost during the reigns of the evil kings of Judah. We read that the high priest Hilkiah found the long-lost Book in the temple, and it was taken to King Josiah. (Vss. 14-18) When Josiah heard the words of the Book, he tore his clothes in repentance because he realized that his people were sinning against God. (Vs. 19) He then immediately instituted reforms that would bring the nation back to God. (Vss. 29-33) While it was important that the Book was read, it was even more important that Josiah put what he read into action and changed the direction of Judah.
We all know that reading the Bible is important. In fact, the entire purpose of this ministry is to help each of you get deeper into God’s Word on a daily basis. Reading the Bible, though, is about much more than just the reading. Anyone can read a couple of chapters in the morning and then go about their day unchanged and unaffected, but that is not the point of Scripture. The importance of our daily reading lies in what we choose to do with that information. The importance lies in putting what we read into action and trying to live our lives in obedience to God’s will. Do not just read the Bible for the sake of reading it. Allow it to shape and mold you, as you put its invaluable lessons to work in your life.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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