Have you ever opened the Bible and did not feel like reading it? I have. I especially feel this way when I’m wrestling with a small willful sin in my life. My natural desire is to stay as far away from reading the Bible as possible. I know that its pages are filled with counsel, reproof, and correction. The problem is that I don’t want to be corrected and reprimanded.
The Israelites must have felt the same way. God asked Jeremiah in verse 10, “To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to Me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.” When I have sinned, I find no pleasure in reading the Bible. The point is that God does not want us to remain in our sins. He wants to pull us out.
The best sleep I have enjoyed has come in times in my life when I was actively seeking God’s will and faithfully reading His word. While I was nowhere near perfection, I could rest in the knowledge of God’s loving grace and know that I was forgiven.
This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls” (verse 16a). Why would we echo the Israelites and say, “We will not walk in it?” (verse 16b).
Prayer: “Dear God, thank You for this opportunity to read Your word. I may not have felt like reading it today, but I am glad to find rest in You. Forgive me for clinging to sin no matter how small. Help me to cling to You. With Your help, I promise to read the Bible every day whether I want to or not. Amen.”
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