This last week when I went to Bible study, I was inspired by a portion of a video teaching. It really brought a great visual home to my heart. There were other excellent points in last week’s study, but this was a home run for me. Let me ask you this question to get your wheels turning: How often are you in the Word each week? Once, twice, daily, Sunday only? Is your Bible a bit dusty? Do you think it really applies to your daily life today? Is it just stories to you? What is your priority in reading the Word? How important do you think it is to be in God’s Word on a regular basis?
This particular teacher was likening the idea of being in the Word with going out on a walk in rattlesnake country with a gun to protect yourself, without a bullet. To help you understand this visual a bit better, I want to share that there are other teachings out there that think that you could have time with the Lord walking in the morning, enjoying the sunset, walking the beach or whatever might come to your mind. You don’t have to be in the Word that often, or maybe even at all. Now, don’t get me wrong. You can enjoy a time of refreshing with the Lord that way. I do too. I have been given many insights at times that I have walked a beach somewhere. Great conversations with the Lord. Those are times meant for that purpose. I am just saying that it shouldn’t take the place of reading the Word. A beach walk or sunrise may be a way you receive from God, or talk with God, as it is with me, but that shouldnt be where it ends. He wants us to know His Word so we can be strong and encouraged.
So, fast forward to the meeting up with the rattle snake. This is a rather loose paraphrase of the visual she shared. It rears its ugly head, and you say, “Look at this gun Mr. Snake! Look at this gun! It can shoot you down!” OR, “Don’t try that with me, I saw the sunrise this morning!” OR, “You better watch out! I walked the beach today!” Now how silly would that be? You have no bullets in your gun in which to shoot the snake and protect yourself. Getting the picture?
Now, let’s think if you have a situation where you meet your day, and the devil is really getting in your business. He loves to do that and make you miserable at the same time. So, what are you going to do? You tell the devil, “I watched the sunrise this morning!” OR, “You better watch out! I walked the beach today!” How’s that going to work for you? No. You need the Word (bullet) to come out of your mouth and speak against that devil! You carry the Word with you where ever you go, so that, when the need arises, you can speak truth to your situation! You are prepared! “You pull that bullet out of your pocket and aim low”, as she said.
I loved this analogy! This idea was such a word picture for me that it really caught my attention! Let’s be purposeful in time in the Word. Don’t be caught without your bullet! Put it in your pocket at all times ready to pull out and aim at your situation. Walk your days out prepared because you never know when you are going to need it. Get it focused in your site, don’t look to the left or the right, and let the bullet go! We find in God’s Word this scripture, “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Ps. 199:11 That is what we want to be saying! Let us endeavor each day to see what God has for us to learn, to know, and to activate in our lives.
Don’t let this post make you feel condemnation in not being in the Word, but an encouragement to do more of it! You will begin to develop a relationship with the Lord that you may have never experienced before, or even thought possible! His Word is living! It’s for you today! I know I have experienced days that it seems like I am having more time than usual, and yet I know that can’t be true. But it just goes to show that He will help you in your day if you put Him first and be in His Word. He can stretch those days to meet your needs. Don’t let the willy nilly of worldly thoughts and relationships be something you apply to God. He tells not to have any other gods before us. Think about it. It is different. It is important. It’s a time that belongs to Him and to you. Enjoy it.
Walking the journey with you…