Today, as I do each Sunday morning, I want to take time to encourage you to read the Word of God daily. I can assure you that reading the Bible is vital to your spiritual growth. Just as food is necessary for your physical health, so is God’s Word for your spiritual health. There are some people, however, that only pick up the Bible when they come to church. Others do so only when they feel they need guidance or a remedy for a problem, or comforting words to get through a particularly trying time. Rather than thinking of the Bible as something that’s needed on a regular basis, some see it as spiritual medication that’s taken only when needed.
Still others seem to expect the Word of God to hit them like a shot of adrenaline each time they read or study it. Although the adrenaline type rush may hit us periodically, the benefits of the Word of God act more like vitamins. People who regularly take vitamins do so because of their long-term benefits, not because every time they swallow one of the pills, they feel new strength surging through their bodies. They have developed a habit of consistently taking vitamins because they believe that, in the long term, vitamin supplements are going to have a beneficial effect on their physical health, resistance to disease and, general well-being. The same is true of reading the Bible. At times it will have a sudden and intense impact on us. However, the real value lies in the cumulative effects that long-term exposure to God’s Word will bring to our lives.