Gen 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” NASU
Rev 22:20 – “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” NASU
The Bible in Genesis Chapter One begins with GOD and Revelation Chapter Twenty-Two ends with GOD and everything between those two chapters is filled with GOD. The Bible as one of my grandsons described it is ‘The God Book.’ It introduces Him and reveals Him to mankind. The Bible is more than a good book it is the ‘Life Manual’ that people keep saying we did not get when we became parents. It is a ‘Road Map’ to guide us along the journey of life. It is God’s Word and as John declared, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word Was God.”
Can you imagine working at a job that was filled with unknown elements and situations and never reading the handbook? Can you imagine someone being tasked with disarming a bomb but never studying the schematics of bombs? Can you imagine a surgeon preparing to perform a major surgery but never having studied human anatomy? Why is it then that so many Christians feel no compulsion to read or study God’s Word?
I had a preacher tell me one time tell me, “I don’t read the Bible much because I found a place where I can order sermons each week so I don’t have to study.” Several words came to mind including – “Hireling!” I have lived from preaching the gospel but always refused to preach the gospel for money. In the times I’ve been in itinerant ministry I’d have people ask, “What is your fee?” I do not have a fee. I do not even ask people pay my expenses. If they offer to defray my expenses that is nice but if God directs me to accept an invitation I trust Him to supply the need.
I can recall an individual saying once after he had completed one semester of Bible school that he had all the theology he needed and now needed to focus on other aspects of the ministry. I thought you will never have all the theology or Bible training you need if you live to be 100 and continue preaching the entire time. Learning is a never ending process and when you realize that God is INFINITE how would a FINITE mind ever fully comprehend Him? One of the reasons the Bible never grows old is that in the pages of that Book we continually learn more and more about the LIVING GOD who is boundless.
You have at your disposal one of the most valuable items you will ever find and in it are revelations and treasures beyond anything you could possibly comprehend so do not fail to avail yourself to it. I have no prescription as to how much you read but suggest that you read and study that Book which begins with GOD and ends with GOD and between is saturated with GOD.
May God be with you as you go through your day!