Pastor's Blog 04-07-2020 Pledge to the Bible
(Ezra 7:10) For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach the statutes and ordinances in Israel.
I love the way that the writer puts this statement. Ezra set his heart to study the law. How many of us do that? We often hear (or talk) about the need to read the Bible in a year. There are all sorts of plans to accomplish this. Almost every Christian platform includes a way to get through the Bible in a year. But now that we are confined in our homes, are we taking advantage of the time that we have to read the Bible? Have we set our hearts to study the word of God?
During this time of uncertainty and fear, we are allowing ourselves to wallow in our depression. I’m saying we, because I am just as guilty as anyone else. We should be spending less time watching TV and spend more time reading the word of God, which is the best balm for our soul. I’m not talking about just picking out those verses that speak to our pain and anxiety. I’m talking about reading the word of God and allowing each passage to speak to our hearts.
I know it’s not easy. My dad could sit for 8 hours and read. I don’t have that capacity. I tend to read for 15 minutes and write for 30 and then repeat that process several times throughout the day.
I still remember the Pledge to the Bible from my childhood VBS:
I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, that I might not sin against God.
Simple and sweet. Let’s get on that.