Have you eaten anything today?
I’ve eaten nothing since yesterday morning.
In fact, recently I’ve noticed a worrying trend in my life: I’m missing more meals than before.
Of course, I’d never miss my breakfast, lunch or dinner. I’m talking about the food that nourishes my soul, prepares me to battle sin and lifts my eyes to my hope and joy (2 Timothy 3:16).
I’m talking about reading God’s word. Jesus said that we, ‘shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the Lord’ (Matthew 4:4).
But when I rolled over in bed this morning, I believed bread – or at least Weetabix – would do me just fine.
Food to live by
Christians can feel uncomfortable when talking about the discipline of daily Bible reading and reflection. We don’t want to be legalists. We’re saved by grace.
And there’ll be times when reflecting on scripture looks different or less frequent. But I’ve never heard anyone calling me a legalist for my immovable, daily commitment to my dinner.
Jesus isn’t saying we’re saved by reading the Bible; he’s saying that to be spiritually sustained – to live – we need God’s word.
And the reason the Bible isn’t our first thought as the alarm goes is because we don’t really believe that we need it as much as a bacon butty and mug of coffee.
You might have fallen out of the habit of daily Bible reading.
The good news is that we’re not legalists – in Christ your standing before God really would be no different if you’d read your Bible every day this year.
But if you’re far from God’s word, you’re closer to discontentment, discouragement and sin (1 Samuel 15:23).
The Bible isn’t a duty. It’s a Full English breakfast to awaken tired souls, to refuel us for the day and to revive our worship of Jesus – our good Lord and Saviour.
If you’d like more information on resources to help you read God’s word, we’d recommend the following:
‘I want to get to know a book of the Bible in more depth.’ – God’s Word For You series