Last year I received an audio Bible that I started listening to during my workday commute. I was at a place in my Bible reading life where it felt dry, like a chore, more like I was just doing it to check it off my to-do list.
I thought that maybe reading it in a different way—through my ears—would bring a bit of refreshment to my spiritual life.
Boy, did I underestimate what God's Word could do! It wasn't a bit of refreshment—it became a full-out, almost ravenous hunger for God's Word. And the more I listened, the more I wanted to hear and know and read. I was amazed by how the same old-same old Bible stories I'd heard since I was a baby took on new life and meaning.
I'm not suggesting you run out and get an audio Bible. But I am suggesting that we get serious about spending real time in God's Word. We have the opportunity to become addicted!
I think often of the psalmist's words in Psalm 119:11: "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." Hiding God's Word requires the spiritual practice of study and meditation, which is this month's theme for the digizine.
As we've put together this issue, I've been moved over and over by the power of the Bible and by the promise that God's Word will never return void.
May this issue ignite in you a ravenous hunger to know God more and deeper through his Word.1