Twenty five years ago I met a handsome, funny, committed Christian guy and decided three days later that I’d marry him. I only had one problem. He got on a plane and went back to El Salvador, his home country.
How were my guy and I going get to know each other? Back in the days before cell phones, WhatsApp, and internet access at home, talking on the telephone was expensive.
One day the mailman brought me a treasure: a letter from Jose! Excited, I ripped open the envelope only to find that I couldn’t read his handwriting. Like a spy working feverishly to crack a code, I spent an hour deciphering the letter.
In the following months, more letters arrived in the mail. It took intense effort to decipher Jose’s handwriting, but that didn’t matter. Those letters were my treasure, a tangible representation of Jose. He was far away, but I could hold his letters close. I saved them and got them out to read again and again. As I read them, I got to know him better.
Like precious letters, God’s Word is our treasure.
The Bible is His love letter to us, containing everything He wants us to know. We can’t see God. We believe in Him by faith, and we see His work in our lives, but we can’t see Him. We can, however, get to know Him through His Word. As we get it out and read it again and again, His love for us comes alive.
God’s Word bestows blessings that money can’t buy upon its readers. That’s why Psalm 119 says:
God’s Word has the power to fuel our faith.
It provides a never-ending source of strength to sustain us when faith falters.
God’s words speak hope into our desperate moments and renew joy on our hard days.
Scripture is a powerful weapon that triumphs over doubt, depression, and defeat.
It’s an antidote to anxiety, and it wipes out worry when we trust what it says.
The Bible gives us God’s eternal perspective on our passing circumstances.
It’s a compass that gives us guidance and direction.
The Bible is an amazing treasure, available at our fingertips, but when life speeds up, we find it hard to make time to read it. When I received those letters from Jose, I would never have dreamed of setting them aside, unopened and unread. Yet how often do we let several days go by without even cracking the cover of God’s love letter to us?
December can be a month of both fun and frenzy for women. We’ll need daily shots of God’s word to make it through with peace and joy. Will you join me this Advent season in making a commitment to spend 10 minutes a day reading scripture? What better way to celebrate our Savior than making room in our lives for His Word?
Anyone with me on this? What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to reading God’s Word regularly?