Based on Psalm 119:97-105
When I was a new computer user, I actually tried to read those things, but I now just click â€œagreeâ€ and go on. Itâ€™s not that I donâ€™t think that the information is important. I do that because those agreements are very long and filled with legal jargon, and if you donâ€™t agree you canâ€™t proceed with the installation or update. Itâ€™s easier to just click â€œagreeâ€ and go on.
That tactic works for most of us when it comes to licensing agreements, but itâ€™s all too easy for us to do the same thing with our Bibles. The Bible is, after all….long. Itâ€™s also filled with religious jargon and can be hard to understand in places. Itâ€™s very easy for us to simply say, â€œI agreeâ€ and never actually open and read our Bibles.
When we take the time to do so, however, we gain a greater appreciation for the work of God in our lives and why humankind needed a Christ to bring us salvation. Weâ€™ll find everything in the Bible from adventure stories to love stories to action stories to comedies to tragedies. Weâ€™ll also find that the Bible is filled with the stories of ordinary and flawed people – just like us – who found new strength, new hope and new direction in their faith.
Let 2012 be the year that you donâ€™t just simply glance at the Bible on your bookshelf or table, say â€œI agree,â€ dust it with the rest of your stuff and keep on going. Try regularly reading and studying the Bible. Youâ€™ll find new encouragement, new inspiration, new spiritual inspiration, and a new appreciation for the words of one Biblical writer – â€œYour word is a light before my feet and a lamp upon my journey.â€
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