“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.” (Proverbs 3:1-2 NIV)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:7-8 NIV)
I can’t believe it has taken me four years since becoming a follower of Christ as a Christian (I was born and raised in a Catholic family) to finally commit to finishing the entire Bible in 2018 (I’m currently doing the “Bible In A Year” reading plan on the Bible app; loving it!).
While I have benefitted tremendously from going to church; reading devotionals and books; fellowshipping with family and friends; and ministering on mission trips and our family’s nonprofit organization…none of them compare to sitting down with God every morning and reading what He has to say about Himself and my life; and because of this I’ve missed out on so many blessings, promises, and warnings that He had for me.
But I’m glad that in my procrastination and having to learn things the hard way, I’ve finally come around to doing it now and appreciating it more; and I am loving it and learning so much about how to live my life with purpose.
The above three passages in Proverbs emphasize the benefits of seeking God and reading His word; and if I am looking for one thing that will kill a bunch of birds with one stone, this is it. I mean – Just the act of reading His word prolongs my life to do more important work; gives me prosperity to enjoy and give generously; straightens my paths, so that I do not lose time being distracted and off-course; and makes me healthier so that I can thrive and not merely survive.
If opening the Bible to learn about my Father and Creator is the lead domino that makes the rest of my life fall into place, then I should make this the main – if not most important – thing I do every day.