Friday, October 21, 2022

Daily Devotion: The Tripper

Bible Reading:  Acts 8:26-40 

Key Verse: Verse 30 - “And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?”

Key Words: Understandest thou what thou        readest?

Edward Hutton, English author of The Finest Travel Books on Italy, was awarded the highest civilian honor of the Italian government: Commendatore of the Order of Merit of the Republic.  In an interview, he described the difference between the Italy of his first studies and the Italy of the present time.  “Italy then,” he said, “was the land of the traveler.  Today it is the land of the tripper, the tourist.  They don’t understand what they see.”  It is possible for a person with no classical background to look upon the amazing relics of the past and be unaware of their meaning.

Hutton’s remark is a perfect illustration of the way in which many Christians read their Bibles.  Instead of being travelers who journey slowly, absorbing the spiritual blessings and plunging into the spiritual depths, they are tourists who rush along at high speed, not knowing what they have read.  One girl who traveled in Italy said she remembered Rome as the place where shoe polish spilled on her best dress, and Venice as the place where the hairdresser burned her hair with a curling iron.  She was a tripper. 

When you open your Bible to read, always ask yourself the question that Philip posed to the eunuch, “Understandest thou what thou readest?”  Be a traveler, not a tripper.

What to do:
    ✞ Do not just read the Bible; study it.
    ✞ Meditate on God’s Word.  Think about what you are reading.
    ✞ Take notes as you go through your morning Scripture reading, writing down things of interest and questions you may have.

Are you Saved? | Get These Devotions By Email