|It's about discernment!|
But you know, we can develop the same problem spiritually. Our spiritual ears can get dull and the background noises of our lives begin to drown out what God desires to teach us through His word and our experiences. Even within the Church, many professing Christians have a surprising unfamiliarity with scripture. Oh, we might have our favorite verses, but even those are more about "what they mean to me" rather than how the Spirit has used them to transform me into what God wants me to be. The PRIMARY means by which God communicates with us has become more like an IV bag to hydrate us when circumstances or sin begin to dry up our spirits. We use it when we need it instead of drinking from it deeply every day.
What's happened?? Have we become so busy with politics and sports, televisions and smart phones, social networking and outdoor life that we don't have time for God's word?? There is nothing wrong with any of those things UNTIL they begin to crowd out our desire to be transformed by the power of God's word. When that happens, our spiritual ears become dull and the "noise" from all those other things affects our ability to discern what God is doing around us and saying to us.
Jared Wilson wrote in the Threadway Bible study Abide,
". . . the messages of the environments we're most in and the routines we most practice shape our attitudes and behaviors." Did you get that?? Where and how you spend your time will shape the way you think and act.
Now think about this!! The Bible, God's word, was not given to help us. It was given to transform us. If we truly want to change the world, then we must begin by allowing God's word to change us. The more time we spend there, the more it will shape the way we think and act. But in order to do that, it just might require that we turn off some of the background noise that has drowned out the voice of God.
What could you give up or what could you change in order to spend some quality time reading the Bible each day? Try it for 30 days!! Don't read it in order to "learn" something. Just pray and ask God to use your reading of His word to transform your life. He will not disappoint you!