Years ago in a revival service, the evangelist repeated a phrase over & over. So much so, we even had a calligrapher print it out, frame it, & presented it to him at the end of the week.
The phrase was “Live in the Bible, and visit good books.” Sadly, I spent a good portion of the time after I heard this living in good books…and some, not so good-but, ultimately just VISITING with the Bible.
I confess, I found reading the bible kind of dull. It was more of a duty than a pleasure.
This radically changed for me after a significant life changing event. I clung to the Lord. I developed a love for His Word I never experienced before. (In fact, I asked Him for a love for His Word) There were times that the promises I read were the only hope I could count on. And you know what? I experienced a peace from God that truly did pass understanding.
NOW, if I miss a day reading due to the circumstances of life…I desire to get back on track the next day. I have also developed a desire to read books that encourage and deepen my walk the Lord.
Instead of devouring these books in a day or two-which was my usual way, I read just a chapter or so at a time, savoring the message, and letting it sink in.
One of my latest good reads was Max Lucado’s-Cure for the Common Life. The cover is a picture of 2 sleeping dogs lounging on a sofa. I got the impression that even if they got up and got moving, they had no purpose or intent for their time.
Seeking the Lord & following Him is a great adventure. One person CAN make a difference to others. Cure for the Common Life encouraged me to do just that!
So remember “LIVE in the Bible & VISIT good books!”
PS- I received no recompense for this book review. It was just my humble opinion, & a book that encouraged me.