Monday, June 24
Job 23:12, “I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.”
It seems like everything we purchase in stores comes with warning signs that alert us to some sort of hazard to our health. By observing these signs and taking them seriously, we are usually spared from harm. Likewise, this past Sunday, we heard one of the greatest spiritual warning labels: “Listening to the shadow voice is dangerous and hazardous to your health!” This “shadow voice” comes from the evil one who’s intent on making us believe we are not smart enough or good enough to be used by God.
Now that we’ve been alerted to this potential danger, what should we do to drown out the enemy’s shadow voice? One of the best ways to protect our thought life is to read the Bible, interestingly called God’s Word! Throughout Scripture, God’s voice speaks directly into our hearts, encourages us and cheers us on. So, here is a great warning sign for change: The Bible is the only book whose author is present as we read it! This gives us great confidence in the One whose voice matters most. Today, let God’s voice win out over all the excess noise and clamor!
Reading God’s Word is one of the most exciting things you can do. Reread today’s verse and consider the following: if God’s food for thought pales in comparison to the food you eat, purpose in your heart to change that right now.
God, thank you for giving me the Bible! I promise to prioritize reading it and listening for your voice. Speak into my heart and I will do my best to obey your words. In Jesus’ name, Amen.