By Debra Whittington
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Every morning, my little dog Gracie and I take a walk. Besides sleeping I think this is one of her favorite activities. She knows that we walk first thing in the morning and so she is rather impatient to get started.
I try to read my Bible before I walk because it gets my day off to a good start. Some mornings Gracie lets me read in peace, but there are times she tries her best to get my attention by pulling on my arm with her paw. I ask if she is ready to go walking and she runs out of the room only to return if I don’t follow.
As I put on her leash she grabs at my shirtsleeve and whines as her little tail looks like it is about to wag off her body. She is so excited as she prances out the door in search of rabbits or whatever else we might find on our walk.
On one of our morning walks I wondered how she could be so excited every morning. It was a chore for me to even get out of bed that morning and even after walking for a while I still wasn’t very excited about it. However I knew that I have to walk every morning so I just wanted to get it out of the way so I wouldn’t have to think about it until the next morning.
It was then that a light bulb went off in my head and I wondered what it would be like if I was as excited as Gracie is every morning. Each and every morning is an adventure for her. My thoughts turned to my morning Bible reading and how sometimes it is a chore while on other mornings it is an adventure. Some mornings the words jump off of the page as a new truth I never saw before is revealed.
The Lord is right there waiting to show us His truths as we journey through the Bible. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”. The Bible will also illuminate our path; “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”. (Psalm 119:105)
The pathway is right in front of us, but unlike my morning walks I find there is more to learning God’s Word than merely reading the Bible. The next step is to memorize God’s Word. King David knew the importance of this as he wrote in Psalms 119:11,16, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word”.
There is many times when I am walking in the mornings when Scriptures that I memorized will come to mind. It is a little difficult to read as I walk, but these precious passages are there for me to ponder and meditate on no matter where I am.
Another benefit of reading and memorizing Scripture passages is how it stays with you. In school I learned many poems, the Gettysburg Address, and numerous other things but now I have forgotten most of them. The opposite can be said about memorizing Scripture as I can still call to mind verses I learned a long time ago. God’s Word will always stay with me. In Isaiah 40:8 is this promise: “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever”.
Reading, studying, and memorizing God’s Word changes us from the inside out. Reading and studying different translations of the Bible is a way for me to better understand God’s Word. I realize there is people who think a person should only read the King James Version of the Bible and I respect that. I can only speak for myself. For example Hebrews 4:12 in the New Living Translation version of the Bible says, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires”. This verse in this translation is easier for me to understand.
Each time I pick up my Bible I pray that I will have a new enthusiasm and excitement for God’s Word. I wonder what is in store for me tomorrow morning.