In Matthew 4:4, Jesus says “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about this over the past few weeks because we recently began a discipleship study at my church that seeks to teach us how to be authentic Christians. The Bible is rightly placed in a position of primary importance in this endeavor.
According to a recent Lifeway survey of Protestant churchgoers in the U.S., less than 1 in 5 read the Bible daily. Only 37% report reading it once a week or more.
I can’t help but think there is a correlation between the decline of the American church and the steady move of church members away from intimate, personal relationships with God’s Word.
Jesus said we are to LIVE by every word from God.
Are we really living if we aren’t connected with Scripture?
Are we experiencing the life He intends for us without a disciplined approach to the study and application of THE BOOK God gave us and commanded us to know?
When I think about all of the problems, pressures, temptations, etc., I thank God so much that I am able to seek guidance from the unchanging truth of God’s Word (even if I sometimes still fail to do so).
God’s Word changes us but it is up to us to seek it out.
In Ezra 7:10, the Bible says that “Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord.”
I pray that his people in this country would do the same. May we set our hearts to study the Word, delighting in the changes God makes in our lives as He conforms us into the image of his Son and works through us to shift this nation’s rudder from its current course.