Reading Is Worship

For me it is anyway. In fact it’s the best way I worship, other than praising and thanking God in prayer. Whether it’s the Bible or books about the Bible or at least subjects closely tied to it, I’m worshiping when I read. After the last surgery, I went a day or two without much reading at all and realized how much I need it. It’s also therapeutic in keeping my mind (partly) off of my conditions. The more I learn, the more I want to learn. The more I learn, the better I know and trust God’s character and love Him, which I believe is one of the keys to dealing with suffering. As suffering has increased, so has my desire to know God, which is a great gift. I feel sad that so many people miss out on this. I wish I could give it to everybody. (The gift of wanting to read and learn and worship and love God, not the suffering.) There are gifts I wish I could get from others, but we are all gifted differently. I suppose that’s how a body works.

If I want to love God more, I have to know Him more deeply. The more I search the Scriptures and focus my mind’s attention on who God is and what He does, the more my soul breaks out in flames.

–R.C. Sproul

3 Responses to “Reading Is Worship”

  1. 1 Eric

    Great observations, Jeff. I believe the different spiritual disciplines help keep our minds focused and in a place where He can continue to reach us. I don’t like it when I get so anxious that I can no longer connect with Him. Like the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz, I too am a victim of “disorganized thinking” and have to remind myself of the truth often. And great quote by Sproul! Eric

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks. I think the Sproul quote is from the conference last week. Although he tends to repeat himself so he may have said it many times before.

  3. 3 Scripture Zealot

    I never thought of reading outside of the Bible as a spiritual discipline, but it is for me and I think it should be for everyone. It should be a[n almost] daily thing. Especially with our Biblical illiteracy, we need the teaching. Some people say that people in ancient times didn’t have books and didn’t have the Bible written down, so it isn’t necessarily that important. What they’re failing to realize is that they memorized very large portions of Scripture and received teaching from their elders. But those people aren’t memorizing Scripture either.

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