by Joe Leavell
If I could offer you $1,000 right now for you NOT to spend time reading your Bible today, would you take it?
Would you take the cash if it meant you never had to read the book of Leviticus ever again? Tempting, I know.
In Psalm 19:10, King David beautifully communicates to God the value and worth he placed on God’s Laws. He says, “More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold…” Did you know He was talking about God’s laws that are written in, ironically, the book of Leviticus? My guess is that David would not take any amount of money offered to not read Leviticus ever again because he calls the laws written in that book more desirable than even “much fine gold.”
How much money would be required in order for you to be willing to lay aside your Bible depends directly on how high of a value you place on it. How much value you place on Scripture depends directly on how much you love the God who wrote it and gave His words to you.
The prophet Jeremiah communicated his desire for God’s word when he said in Jeremiah 15:16, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.”
The word “ate” has the idea of devouring or consuming something. Like when you find your favorite food at a buffet, Jeremiah couldn’t get enough of Scripture so he binged on it until there was nothing left to read. Again, at that point in time, all Jeremiah had to read was the Law and most of the Old Testament. I can’t think of the last time I binged through Deuteronomy or Numbers.
There is a reason we are called “Biblical Counseling of Arizona.” Scripture holds the words that lead to Jesus, the Giver of eternal life. The Bible gives us everything we need to live in a way that honors Him in His wisdom. In this way, because it is a letter of love given to us by the God who gave Himself up for us, we cherish Scripture. Our desire is to unashamedly counsel people from Scripture. We want to help people understand why they should delight in reading, understanding, loving, and obeying the God that clearly makes Himself known to us through the words of the Bible.
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