A Changed Life

Duane Vander Klok

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Joshua 1:8

As Christians, we know that one of the fundamental pieces of our relationship with God is rooted in and around the Scriptures. We have Bibles in more translations and languages than ever before. We also have digital copies on our phones, and even audio recordings to listen to. But let me ask you this, when was the last time that you opened and read your Bible? Even more importantly, when was the last time that you meditated on – really thought about – the verses you were reading.

Sometimes we can get stuck in a mundane routine of reading a couple verses, maybe a Psalm and a Proverb, and then we check the “complete” box on our to-do list. Sometimes we simply forget, and then forget again the next day. Sometimes we make reading the entire Bible a life-goal or New Year’s resolution, but then quit when we hit Leviticus.

Let me tell you this though, we are not just called to read the words on the page in order to be considered “good Christians.” Instead, we are called to meditate every day, every hour, and in every situation upon the Word of God. This means that when you read the Word, you imagine yourself, you put yourself in that verse, and you see how that verse challenges and affects your decisions. It is a continual reflection on the Scriptures and how it can change your daily life.

The Bible is the living, God-breathed, and God-inspired Word of God. When you read and meditate upon it, it begins to change you because you step into a living and intimate relationship with God Himself. It will change the way that you see yourself, your spouse, others, money, your values, your morals, life, eternity, and everything in between. It’s more than just rules, laws, and miraculous stories. It’s the story of God’s unimaginable love, grace, and forgiveness for His creation, and His desire to restore and redeem you to an intimate relationship with Him.

This week, let’s take time to intentionally open our Bibles every day. Don’t just read the words on the page, but reflect and think about all that He is speaking to you through His Word in every situation.