Don’t get triggered. OK, this was clickbait. Sorry.
If you know me you know that my mantra is “Read your Bible”. The problem is that many people are not reading it and when they do, they read it in a vacuum.
Some people read the Bible each day, put it down and that’s that. Others read the Bible with a pencil and write down things they learn. Others read the Bible to find answers, while some read the Bible to make arguments. No matter what, how, or why, reading the Bible is good.
Or is it?
It depends. When we get into the trap of thinking that our entire day is to be spent roaming over Biblical truth we forsake the very things written for our instruction therein. Scripture teaches us about God, His work, and that we are His people. Then it teaches us how we should view the world in which we live and everyone in it. Further, it instructs us how we are to spend our time. Sadly, there are many baby believers who have never graduated from the infant milk of redemptive teaching.
It is the foundation and the glue that holds all things together and yet, God instructs His people to renew their minds, manage their bodies, relate to the world in peace, work with their hands, keep quiet, be mindful, be considerate of others, tend to the needs of others, take time alone, to pray, to not be fearful, to not engage in “civilian” fodder, to make much use of the time, and much more.
When we think our day is to be filled with digesting the same small part of a vastly deep ocean, we are literally malnourished. That is why the Bible demands the prescription of only one means of oversight and community around life; that is the local church.
For the Christians reading this, let’s take time now to consider if we are indeed living in the Spirit according to the Bible or if we have become isolated gongs without love for anyone but our echo chamber cult members. Yes, strong words.
I am going to write about more things because the Lord has called me to give the full counsel of His word. This may include mental health. It may also include hobbies and fun things. It will certainly include laughter.
It’s OK if you are not able to handle it. I can.
Rest well. Rejoice. Repeat.