By Brenda Boen
Have you ever received a set of instructions and
failed to read ALL of them? I applied
for a job once and at the top of the application it said “NAME”. So I wrote “Brenda Boen”. Then the second line said “LAST NAME”. Oh, I knew I was in trouble then. “They’ll think I’m some sort of idiot,” I
thought, “and won’t even consider me for this job!”
I remember way back in grade school when a teacher
gave a pop quiz. He said to read the
whole thing before ever starting. So I
skimmed over the paper and decided I didn’t really need to read the whole
thing. I guess I was confident I knew
enough to get by. So I decided to go
ahead and get a jump start on everyone else.
After agonizing over the questions for several minutes I got to the
bottom of the page where it said, “Don’t take this test.” I took a big gulp and dropped my pen in
disbelief. If I would have read the
whole paper to the end I would have discovered the point my teacher was trying
to make. Instead I rushed through it
without thought and missed it.
God gives us a set of instructions to live by. We shouldn’t skim over them either. They are little love notes that He gives us
every time we open His word. They are
not just for information but for transformation. If we skim over it and pick and choose parts
here and there to read we will miss a tremendous blessing. There is so much to gain from reading God’s
Word that we need to spend time trying to find it.
If reading or studying your Bible is a struggle for
you, as it has been for me in the past, ask God to give you understanding and
to carve out time in your day to allow you quality time needed to get into His
Word. I did and it has been a wonderful
journey. Not only has He carved out the
time for me, He has given me a hunger that I never thought I’d have. And, of course, it always helps to have a
good Bible translation that is easy to
understand. If you are in need of a new
study bible I would recommend the (NIV) New International Version Life
Application Study Bible.
Don’t just skim over the Word and think you know
enough to get by. I know you’ve heard
the statement, “What would Jesus do?”
Well, if you’re not sure what He actually did in His life, then you’re
just guessing at what He might do in yours.
Open His Word and find out!
“Do not merely listen to
the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do
what it says. Anyone who listens to the
word but does not do what it says is like a [woman] who looks at [her] face in
a mirror and after looking at [herself], goes away and immediately forgets what
[she] looks like. But the [woman] who
looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do
this, not forgetting what [she] has heard, but doing it — [she] will be blessed
in what [she] does.” James 1:22-25 NIV