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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 2/Heroes: Cain & Abel

It will not come as a huge surprise that the number one characteristic of a person who walks with God in the same way Enoch did is that they read their Bible. There are many ways to do this. My dad heard on the radio that if you read three chapters a day and five on Sunday you can read the Bible in a year. He did it. Again and again. That works for me. Sometimes. The theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer said that you should really only read 1-10 verses and dwell on those verses every day for a week to really understand and apply them! That works for me. Sometimes. There are many ways to do it, but the point is, READ THE BIBLE.

A couple of warnings though. The temptation with the Bible is to ignore it until you are dealing with a personal issue and you want verses on x, y, or z. You find what makes you feel better but you are not really letting God speak. You end up forcing the Bible to conform to your life instead of conforming your life to it. It’s also better to pick a place and just start reading verse after verse, chapter after chapter, book after book, than hunting and pecking through the Bible (Genesis or Matthew are good starting spots). God WILL speak into your life and he will challenge you and encourage you and always gives you something to help someone else.

The second warning is not to confuse reading books about the Bible, listening to podcasts, talking to friends in a prayer group, or reading devotions like this one (and skipping the “Bible Reading” part) with actually reading the Bible. Those other things may be good tools to help understand something, but it is not the Bible. It is not God’s Word. In your time with God of “Intention and Attention,” and those days when time is running short, the only thing you should not skip is the Bible reading part. If you read the last three paragraphs you could have read John 1:1-18. Which would be the better one to dwell on? The eternal word or a here today gone tomorrow email (I hope it’s better than that.)

Martin Luther wrote one time, “I’d like all my books to be destroyed so that only the sacred writings in the Bible would be diligently read.” Why? As he has also said, “The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”

John 1:14 says, “14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

The Word is a person. He’s the one you walk with like Enoch. Let Him speak. Read the Bible.

Scripture

John 1:1-18

Prayer

Father, You have so much to tell us and share with us, but too often we just chit chat or ignore you all together. Help me to seek you in your Word even when it doesn’t always make sense. You are saying something about how much you love me and others. Help me put you first. In Jesus’ name. Amen.