One of the not so wonderful changes is that far too many people in our society really no longer LOVE the Word of God. They appreciate it, they respect it, they tolerate it, they put up with it, they half way listen to some of it, but there just does not seem to be the same level of love for the Word of God that there has been in the past.
Here's what I'm talking about: A minister delivered a sermon in ten minutes one Sunday morning, which was about half the usual length of his sermons. He explained, "I regret to inform you that my dog, who is very fond of eating paper, ate that portion of my sermon which I was unable to deliver this morning". After the service, a visitor from another church shook hands with the preacher and said, "Preacher, if that dog of yours has any pups, I want to get one to give to my minister".
Yes, I know this is just a funny little preacher's story, but it illustrates a problem I have seen so many times. And it's not just about listening to someone preach about God's Word, it is the way we demonstrate our lack of love for God's Word in our every day lives.
How often do you actually make a concerted effort to spend some time in the Word of God? "Lack of time" is generally the culprit I hear named most often for neglecting God's Word. So why not actually put time for God's Word into your schedule? That may sound silly at first, but if you are like most folks, if you don't schedule it, you're probably not going to get to it. Ask yourself if your attitude toward scheduling time with God in his Word demonstrates your love for his Word?
Notice how important the Word of God should be to us (Psalm 119):
- "Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you." (vs. 11)
- "I will delight myself in Your statutes: I will not forget Your word." (vs. 16)
- "Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (vs. 105)
- "You are my hiding place and my shield: I hope in Your word." (vs. 114)
- "Your word is true from the beginning: and every one of Your righteous judgments endure for ever." (vs. 160)
What do these verses indicate should be very important in our lives today? God's Word! Whether it is spoken by someone or if you are reading it all by yourself, God's Word should be the most important thing as you start each day. King David reminded us of the truth when he wrote, "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night." (Psalms 1:1-2) If you want to be blessed, then start loving God's word and spending time in it.