Do you love reading other books more than the Bible?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount information and books out there?

I do! It seems like every day people are recommending more books to read, blogs to suscribe to, and journals to peruse. Personally, I have nothing against a good book or blog subscription, but after reading Luther’s article on the importance of Scripture, I was challenged to ask myself these questions:

  1. Is my heart filled more with a greater desire to read books than it’s desire to read the Bible?
  2. Do I pursue reading and meditating on God’s Word with the same diligence as I pursue reading a good book or blog?
  3. Are the books I’m reading pushing me towards a greater love for Scripture?
  4. Is the amount of information I am taking in daily distracting me from meditation and enjoyment of God’s Word?

The neglect of Scripture, even by spiritual leaders, is one of the greatest evils in the world. Everything else, arts or literature, is pursued and practiced day and night, and there is no end of labor and effort; but Holy Scripture is neglected as though there were no need of it. Those who condescend to read it want to absorb everything at once. There has never been an art or a book on earth that everyone has so quickly mastered as the Holy Scriptures. But its words are not, as some think, mere literature Lesewort; they are words of life Lebewort, intended not for speculation and fancy but for life and action. By why complain? No one pays any attention to our lament. May Christ our Lord help us by His Spirit to love and honor His holy Word with all our hearts. Amen LW 14:46 — Martin Luther

via Martin Luthers Love for the Bible.

Longing For Gods Word…

I’m reading through Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (Donald E Whitney) and read a story about a man who learned to read the Bible with his tongue!  It really challenged me to hunger more for God’s Word!

In his book “The Wonders of the Word of God,” Evangelist Robert L. Sumner told of a man in Kansas City who was severely injured in an explosion. His face was badly disfigured, and he lost his eyesight as well as both hands. He was a brand-new Christian, and one of his greatest disappointments was that he could no longer read the Bible. Then he heard about a lady in England who read Braille with her lips. Hoping to do the same, he sent for some books of the Bible in Braille.But when the books arrived, he discovered to his great disappointment that the nerve endings in his lips had been too damaged by the explosion. One day, as he brought one of the Braille pages to his lips, his tongue happened to touch a few of the raised characters—and he could feel them! Like a flash he thought, “I can read the Bible using my tongue!” At the time Robert Sumner wrote his book in 1969, the man had “read” through the entire Bible four times!

If he can do that, can you discipline yourself to read the Bible?

via Longing For Gods Word – Christian Articles Resource.