During my and my husband’s first year of dating, everything was blissful.
Nick and I met small acts of kindness with great appreciation. Time together was sacred. Everything was new and exciting. As our relationship progressed over the next six years, however, our appreciation and awe of one another faded. Although our love for each other remained strong, we took each other for granted.
My relationship with the Bible was similar. During my teenage years, I hungered for the Word of God. After completing my homework each evening, I spent hours poring through the Bible and reading it through cover to cover multiple times over. I thumbed through stacks of memorization notecards. I was in awe of the living truth at my fingertips and grew to savor even the smell of my Bible’s pages.
In time, however, my appreciation and excitement for the Word of God faded. Verses that initially rocked my world became ordinary. Spending time in the Word was no longer a priority. Instead of utilizing it as the powerful tool it is, my Bible functioned as nothing more than a dust collector on my bookshelf.
Recognizing my need to fall in love with the Bible again, I asked God to increase my hunger for His Word. I began waking up fifteen minutes earlier to spend time in the Bible and to complete daily devotions. As I continued to read and study, God answered my prayers. The more time I spent in the Bible, the more I hungered for more. The Holy Spirit pointed out new golden nuggets in verses I had read fifty times before.
The Word of God will never change and never fade. As we ask God to help fill us with a hunger for His Word and to fall in love with His commands, He will honor that request, and our lives will be all the richer for doing so.
Have you fallen in love with God’s Word?
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