Last night, before going to sleep, I picked up my Bible to read from Matthew. I don’t think I realized it until afterwards, when I started reading one of my favorite books “At Home in Mitford”, how challenging it can be to read Bible.
When I read the Bible, I’m examining myself in light of God’s word and that can be hard work! While my outward actions and words might seem okay, God looks at my heart. God uses His word to expose the thoughts and intentions of my heart and sometimes it’s not pretty.
Praise God that I feel that conviction of the Holy Spirit. Praise God that He is at work in me. Praise God that when I submit to God in obedience, He changes and molds me into the person He designed me to be, making me into the image and likeness of Christ. That work will continue until I die.
While I’ll enjoy reading books, fiction and non-fiction, it can be a way to escape and to not confront myself with the mirror of God’s word. That’s not to say I shouldn’t read books other than the Bible, but I need to put the word of God first in my life. I need to be ready and willing to let God do the hard work of shining the Light into the dark recesses of my heart and mind and clean out the uglies.