Sometimes I forget to drink water. I go about my day, surviving on coffee and toast. By the time the afternoon comes, I get a headache. But I only realise I am dehydrated after my headache, never before. I need water – coffee or other drinks won’t help. Nothing refreshes or rejuvenates like water does. I need it every day to survive and thrive.
Sometimes I forget, or put off reading my Bible. Life seems too busy to allow God to have input in my life. There are so many things to get distracted by, and reading God’s word is easy to make a low priority.
But just like we need water, we need Jesus.
Nothing this world has to offer can refresh and rejuvenate us like his word.
Hebrews 4:12 says: For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
God’s word is alive and active! His word is a gift to us!
If God cares enough to give us his word, he clearly thinks it’s important for us to read it.
Reading and listening to the Bible should be our number 1 priority. It is how we know God, and how he refines us to live for him.
In Luke 11:28, Jesus himself said “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
We shouldn’t wait until we get a spiritual headache to realise we need the water of God’s word. For our own good, listening to God should be a habit. Reading the Bible is not something we should do, it’s something we need to do.
Because like water, God’s word is the source of life.