But I Don’t Have Time!

June 10, 2020

Read Matthew 7:13-14

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (NRSV)

Reflect

Why must believers enter through a “narrow” gate? Why is the road to life hard?

We all want to grow spiritually, but what should we do when it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to engage Scripture? You may not like our answer. The truth is, there aren’t any shortcuts to spiritual growth. As Matthew 7:13-14 tells us, the way to life—to God—is hard. It requires total attention.

If you really want to enjoy a meal, you need to slow down and taste it. It works the same way with finding God in the Bible. It’s easy for us to go to the Bible for a “quick bite” every now and then without stopping to truly taste it.

How do we taste God in the Bible? We take it in and savor every bit of it. Approach the Bible the same way you would approach a good meal—go slow, take time and enjoy every part of it.

Take a Scripture passage from 2 Samuel 22, for example. You won’t get much of a picture of God if you seed through it. But read it again, and look at all the metaphors David uses in this song. God is a rock. What’s rock-like about God? God is a fortress. How is God like a fortress? God is a Savior. What are you being saved from?

By stopping to “taste” the Bible—really taking it in and savoring it—we learn to trust God in a whole new way. As we meditate (literally “to chew”) on God’s Word, we go beyond mere sight to understanding.

Pray

Lord, help me to make Bible study a priority. Help me to slow down and savor Your Word—not just settle for a quick bite here and there. Amen.

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Lord may I diligently seek you🙏
I do not like crowds, they make you do the thing that are not pleasing to the Lord.
Joseph - What an amazing thing to witness! I will pray for your son to continue to grow closer to Jesus more everyday!
Amen Glory be to God
Amen 🙏
Wise Words
I had this same conversation with my son this morning! He was explaining to me how engrossed he is in the word ! He has his own Bible group and discuss scripture together!! I actually witnessed his transformation from an unbeliever into a born again Christian! I’m amazed! You father get all the glory! In Jesus name I pray Amen 🙏✝️
I find it easier when I am alone to spend in God's Word. I can focus better.
DEAR ABBA FATHER;WALK WITH US IN YOUR JOY;THANKYOUJESUS!@1
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE WALK WITH YOUR JOY ;AND HELP US WITH EVEYTHING YOU HAVE ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL;THANKYOUJESUS;AND NEED YOUR PRESENCE WHEREVER WE GO;I BELIEVE;I BELIEVE;I BELIEVE;THANKYOUJESUS!@1
Praying for you Barbara, the Lord is with you. He'll never leave you or forsake you.
Good question, I too had asked it. My Small Group Leader (among others) recommended the Book of Mark. In it we see Jesus in His humanity.
Thank you! Needed this reminder today. As I read today's devotional I was reminded of a song from childhood: "Take time out for Jesus, He took time for you". I need to be more intentional, diligent and passionate in studying God's Word. Lord, help me to find what David found in Psalm 34v8: "O taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man that trust in Him".
Great food for thought. It is in slowing down that I will be able to see and read between the lines; so to speak. Being able to pray and meditate on what God’s word is saying. God can open up my understanding of scripture and help me to dig deeper by researching words or phrases that I don’t understand. Thank you Lord for your loving kindness and for your mercy on my life. I love you Lord and desire to dig deep into your word and find your direction for me in my walk with you.
Awesome Devotional
Excellent. My Howe I needed this. Ford knows what we need before we even know we need it. 😊 Thank You!
I have the same question and the more I ask people and Google it (yes, even Googled it 😂), the more I believe the Gospel of John is a great place to start. I have an Inductive Study Bible and have started using it for studying John. My other challenge is slowing down and enjoying the time. I tend to rush through reading and read plans like read-the-Bible-in-a-year. That’s good. However, I think it only feeds my tendency to check the box so to speak on Bible time. Anyway, happy and joyful reading and discovery while you read God’s Word! Hope that helps in some way to answer your question.
We are praying with you for Barbara!
There is nothing unique and special about what is common. Things that are worthy of honor and considered of high value are usually distinguished; they are also costly and not easily attained but coveted. How much more valuable are God and the things pertaining to his kingdom? He is priceless and worthy of our all as he has given of his own, worth far more than we could ever give.
I'm praying for you. Let not your heart be troubled. Have faith and trust in the Lord.
Would like to know, we are told to read word, but where do we start?any suggestins?
has a blood transfushion today..tomarrow..a iron transfushion...keep her in your prayers..🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙌
Prayers of health and healing for Barbra Hunt
Thank you Lord for this portion of your Words Amen
This is powerful...sometimes you read a scripture and you never stop to ask questions about words that you encounter like the questions ask in this passage....how do you see God as a Rock...for me a rock is hard n dangerous base on what you use it for....the word is God so you'll use it to knock out the enemy and also to build a fence around you as they use rock to build walls etc. Hallelujah...thank you Lord for this word today...much blessings to BTTB😇😇
This message is so right for this fast pace era. I feel that GOD is blessing us in our daily walk.