Recently I was doing some clean-up on my computer getting rid of files that I no longer use. I found a file that I created several years ago when I wrote down some memories of my life growing up to share with some of my grandchildren. In that file I found a letter I sent to them encouraging them to love God’s Word and let its principles guide their life.
As I grow nearer to the end of my life, I have even more conviction that what I wrote them several years ago is still true today.
Here’s what I wrote. Hope that my readers will take a moment and think about how they view the Word of God.
“I’m amazed at how we say we love God, but we seldom read His Word. When I was engaged to Lonnie (their grandfather, my first husband who is now deceased), he was in Vietnam. I wrote him almost every day. He was not as good at writing (fighting for his life n the jungles of Vietnam might account for that), but usually wrote once a week. My place of employment was five blocks from the apartment where I lived with my mother. Every day at lunchtime I would walk home to see if I had a letter.”
Please Mr Postman, Is there a letter for me?
“Mail was delivered in our block around noon. Some days the mailman would be there about the time I got home. Other days if he had a lot of mail he would not make it to my apartment by noon. Since Lonnie only wrote about once a week and sometimes the mail was held up getting out of the jungle, I might not get a letter for a couple of weeks. Still, every day I walked home on the CHANCE that the mailman would have made it to my house, on the CHANCE that there would be a letter from Lonnie.”
Please Mr Postman, Say you have a letter for me!
If there was not a letter, I would walk back to work so sad. When I had a letter, I would open it immediately and read every word before I returned to work. Then, on break, I would get it out and read it again. As soon as I got home from work, I would read it again. Why were these letters to important to me? Because they were from the one I loved.
Well, God’s Word is a love letter to us and when we fall in love with God, we will want to know His Word.”
The Psalmist said,
Thy Word is a light to my path and a lamp to my feet.
My dear grandchildren, I encourage you to devour the Word of God. Read it over and over and over again. Read the same portion in different versions. Memorize it. Take notes as you read. Mark verses that stand out. Wear it out. A person whose Bible is falling apart from use will never fall apart from the cares, temptations, and difficulties of life.
We do not need or want to be legalistic about it. If we read a chapter a day just because that’s what good Christians do, we have gained nothing. There may be days when we find it hard to find the time to study the Word, but we should never be so busy that days and days go by and we fail to get into God’s Word. I hope you will learn to not only read the Word on a consistent basis, but learn to really STUDY it. There is a difference between reading and studying the Word and we need to do both. If you don’t know what I mean, check out the Bible bookstore. There are several good books out there to help you learn to study God’s Word.”
Mr. Postman, Thanks for the letter!