Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
After many years of shelf life, I finally removed my nursing textbooks and adjunct study materials from my bookshelf and placed them in a box. As I reflected on the time, effort, and study that was required, I realized that I had memorized a massive amount of information that led to obtaining nursing licensure and rendering safe clinical practice to my patients. Although I had accomplished a major goal to become a nurse, the Board of Nursing (BON) had stringent criteria for annual Continuing Education related to the nursing profession. Whether I had the desire or initiative, I was not given a choice in the requirements for retaining the license that was given to me by the BON.
I recently read an article that indicated 87% of American households owned a hardcopy of the Bible. As exciting as this may seem, the percentage plummeted when members of these households were asked, “How often do you read (study) the Bible? The general consensus was although the desire to study the Bible existed, there was just not enough time to study the Word of God.
How many of us easily slip into the category of desire, but never really commit to faithfully studying the Word?
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NIV
We must take the time to self-evaluate and rearrange our priorities. Our spiritual lives require an ongoing connection to the Vine-Jesus Christ. The Bible was given to feed and nourish our relationship with God; spiritual growth requires daily continuing education of God’s Word.
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. Hebrews 11:6 NIV
As believers, we do not have a choice, God tells us plainly the necessity for studying His Scriptures. We need to know God and what He requires for our lives.
Challenge for today: Make the commitment to study the Word of God everyday.
Prayer for today: Dear God, We have not studied your Word as we should. We need to know your will and your way for our lives. Please forgive us for placing you last in our priorities. We commit to doing what is pleasing to you from this day forward. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz