Devotional: Sweeter Than Honey
As the year winds down and I think about things I’m grateful for in 2023, I can’t help but feel a deep appreciation for my Bible. It’s been with me through every high and low this year–always there as a living beacon of hope and comfort. I’ve actually had the same Bible since I was in high school. I can still remember the day my mom and I went and bought it together. I remember the way the little store looked and how excited I was to have an “adult” Bible of my own. The store offered engravings, so my mom paid to have my name written on the front cover. I had no idea at the time how that book would guide me through life and become one of my most cherished possessions.
To be honest, I’ve taken my Bible for granted most of my life. I’ve largely viewed it as something I didn’t fully understand, particularly the Old Testament, and I found it boring. Sure, I’d enjoy reading a good verse in Psalms here and there, or the powerful words of Jesus in the gospels. But it wasn’t until this year, while navigating some of my lowest lows, that I realized I don’t really know the Bible. I don’t really know the details of the stories I’ve always heard about. Beyond what I’d learned in various Bible studies I’ve done over the last few years, my foundation was shallow. And despite trying my best to learn by doing things like reading from a devotional in the morning, or listening to sermons and faith based podcasts during my walks, my own personal time in the Bible was paltry at best.
Then mid-way through the year, as I was knee deep in my emotional struggles, I made the decision to start reading my Bible every single day. It’s like a light bulb went off and I realized I had been looking to everyone else to teach me about God, instead of actually learning for myself. And in my desperation to feel better, I took podcasts off my phone, stopped reaching for other books, and instead spent all that time reading the word of God.
And now, nearly six months into this new habit, I can tell you the Bible is changing my life. Slowly but surely, little seeds of God’s truth are taking root in my heart and mind like never before. It doesn’t happen over night, but day after day I can feel myself changing. I now have a fire and intense curiosity to learn as much as humanly possible about God. And I want to learn it directly from God.
I’m still working through many things with God and I always will be. I have SO much to learn and I am well aware of the fact that I’m spiritually bankrupt without Jesus. But I feel so incredibly grateful to have the Bible to guide me, comfort me, and teach me everything I need to know about life directly from the source. I will never again take it for granted. It literally feeds my soul and gives me comfort like nothing else can.
There are lots of things competing to feed our mind and soul in this world. Whether it’s our social media “feed”, or the news, books, music, etc. Many things are fighting for our thoughts, but if we don’t make the decision every morning to charge our mental and spiritual batteries with God’s truths, we’re an easy target for the enemy. His word is a sword to use in spiritual combat (Ephesians 6:17) and one I desperately need. I encourage you to pull out your Bible and read it as often as possible–I promise God will empower you in the process.
For the word of God is full of living power, It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are. Hebrews 4:12
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
People need more than bread for their life, they must feed on every word of God. Matthew 4:4
How sweet are your words to my taste; they are sweeter than honey. Psalm 119: 103