In our homes we have many rooms, but there is one room you spend most of your time in. For me it is my living room. We have a separate “Man Cave” that my husband likes to spend his time in, but I have a room right in the middle of the house that lets the sun it. You could say it is the brightest room in the house. I can sit and read for hours in that room. At night it is the room that I curl up and watch a movie with my thirteen year old (my seventeen year old has gotten into online gaming and spend his nights in his room now). I have a “spot” on the couch that I sit in. When I get up, my son or the dog likes to get into the “spot.”
This is the “spot” that I do my daily reading and prayer. Do you have a “spot” that you have separated for this very purpose? In my “spot” I have books and highlighters placed on a table in front of me. They remain there so that I do not have to gather them daily.
It was not always like that for me. I knew what Joshua 1:8 said, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful. (AMP)” How much effort do we actually put into the study of the Word? We may go and listen to the preacher, listen to sermons on a podcast and occasionally read the Bible, but have we actually made reading the Word a major part of our lives? I know personally I could do better. Let us face it, most of us are lazy (I even nap daily in my spot), and want things just handed to us; however, that is not the way things work in the Kingdom. Honestly, if we are not willing to put into it, we should not expect much out of it.
Psalm 1:1-2 (AMP) Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example], nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers). But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.
How much time do we actually spend thinking about the Word of God? If we are having areas of problems in our life, the answer to this question might be a reason why. A lazy mindset is a true setup for failure. The lazy mindset that the Israelites had was one of the things that kept them in the wilderness for forty years making an eleven day trip. People who always have to have someone else pushing them will never really do anything great. Those who only do the right thing when someone is watching will not get very far either. We must be motivated from within, not from without. We must live our lives before God, knowing that He sees all and that our reward will come from Him if we persist in doing what He has asked us to do.
Take action today, take a step today and respond to the call to spend time in His Word. Learn and grow in the knowledge of God!
Isaiah 26:3 (AMP) “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].“