Saturday, October 1, 2022

Daily Devotion: Biblical Literacy

Bible Reading: Psalms 119:9-16 

Key Verse: Verse 11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Key Words: Thy word have I hid in mine heart

A pastor asked a Sunday School class of junior-aged young people, “Who broke down the wall of Jericho?”

A boy answered, “Not me, sir!”

The pastor was noticeably upset and turned to the Sunday School teacher, “Is this typical?”

She replied, “Pastor, the boy is a trusted and honest child, and I really don’t think he did it.”

Such a response sent the pastor straight to the Sunday School Superintendent. After hearing the pastor’s grievance, the superintendent attempted to console him by saying, “I’ve known the boy and his Sunday School teacher for a number of years, and I just can’t picture either one of them doing such a terrible thing.”

In disbelief, the pastor sought out the chairman of the deacons. The wise deacon tried to smooth things over with his conventional wisdom, “Pastor, let’s not make a big issue of this. Let’s just pay for the damages and charge it to our maintenance account.”

I would think there is some Biblical illiteracy in that church, wouldn’t you?

The Library of Congress recently conducted a survey that asked, “What book has most influenced your life?” The Bible finished first. Yet during a typical week only 45% of Americans who claim to be Christian, say that they read their Bible at all. Of that 45%, just 11% claim to read God’s Word daily. With stats like these, the above story may be true.

I trust you are daily reading, studying, and applying God’s Word to your life.

What to do:
Hide God’s Word in your heart. Memorize at least one verse a week. (We should use memorizing a lot more.)
As you read the Word of God, ask the Lord to reveal how you can apply it to your life.
Be faithful to the house of God when the Word of God is being taught.

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