The Bible is the central document of all Christian faiths. As such it needs to play a vital role in the life of every Christian. In today’s busy world it is increasingly more difficult to set aside time for devotional Bible study. This article explores an alternative to Scripture reading that will work for at least some people.
Every day we are bombarded with hundreds of messages. We may awake to a clock radio feeding us with lyrics, news or ads before we are even fully alert. We may catch a few lines of the morning newspaper,probably something negative, or listen to a few minutes of the morning television talk show.
Soon home is left behind and we face a new set of messages. THe billboards grab our eyes and say buy this. The local neighborhood stores tell us they are best with their slogans. Next we find ourselves listening to people. Some are making demands, some are spreading rumors while others are relating all the sordid details of what they did last evening.
This is a lot to think about. How much of this is undesirable? I think you’ll agree with me that it is too much. We can’t shut the world out but we can overcome evil with good.
Bringing the message of God’s Word, the Bible, into our minds will help us focus on the good and positive things again. But when?
Most advisors will say it is best to begin the day with time in God’s Word. Bible reading and prayer will get the day going well but this does not always work. Consider trying this as another option.
Instead of reading, why not listen to the Bible on an audiobook. You can use the audio Bible to reinforce the time you spend reading also. Since audio versions of Scripture can be bought for less than a printed copy you should find it an affordable option. By downloading an audio Bible you can even save on the cost of reproduction and delivery.
Sync a portion of the Bible onto your mp3 player or pda. You could also make a cd to play in your car’s stereo system. Block out those messages of evil and despair by filling your mind with Bible texts. This should help keep you on the right path.
God’s Word itself speaks on the importance of hearing the message.
John 8:47 – He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
Psalm 51:8 – Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
James 1:19 – Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
It is indeed important to hear God’s message. The Bible makes this very clear. Make use of today’s technology to strengthen your walk with God. Even ten or fifteen minutes a day would be useful. You probably listen to many songs in a day. Just reducing this a few will give you all the time you need.
For hundreds of years having the convenience of electronic tools was beyond imagination. The carnal messages of the world will come by these new devices. Resist temptation just like Jesus did. Make the best use of the Holy Scriptures that you can.
Bibles in audio format are available in a number of translations and styles of presentation. You may prefer a simple narration or get a real feeling of the drama with a version with sound effects and a full cast of readers. Another audiobook product available is a series of topical Bible readings ideally suited for devotional listening.