FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2020
TOPIC: READ TO OBEY
TEXT: NEHEMIAH 8:9-18
KEY VERSE: “Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner” (NEHEMIAH 8:18).
A school teacher was known for using high-sounding words. One day, one of his students asked him, “Sir, how did you do it? What’s the secret of your mastery of these words?” The teacher replied, “I read the dictionary nine times every day”.
The people of Israel wept uncontrollably after hearing the words of the law read by Ezra the priest. But Nehemiah and the Levites comforted them, telling them that it was not the day of mourning but rejoicing. The Levites encouraged them to eat, drink and send their portions. They found in the book of the law, God’s commandment concerning dwelling in booths in the feast of the seventh month. Without doubt or argument, all the congregation came out and gathered the materials needed to build the booths.
God’s word is a sharp sword that cuts into our innermost being to discern our inner thoughts and motives. As a discerner of the intents of the heart, what it reveals might make us cry. But such weeping, if borne out of sorrow for sin, should pleasantly lead to repentance.
What is your attitude to the word of God? Do you read it day by day and obey whatever instructions God has given? What is your attitude when you hear a preacher mention some of your secret sins? Do you repent or urge the preacher to stop in your heart? You cannot know God’s righteousness except you read the Bible every day. It is the book for everyone who wants to obey God.
Do you rush out every morning without praying and reading the Scriptures? If the school teacher illustrated above could read the dictionary nine times every day, why should you skip Bible reading any day? Every true child of God derives spiritual strength from the Word.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Bible is God’s book of law to the Christian; read and obey it.
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