A Contagious Passion For Scripture

Thursday, October 22, 2020
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Psalm 119:14 – I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. (NIV)

That morning, my 94-year-old friend wasn't interested in small talk. She opened my phone call with these words: "I've been reading the Bible every morning! I want to cover whole books at a time! I love it!" She continued, "I just can't stop reading, it's so amazing! Some mornings, I'll read for three hours, and then I realize I should get some breakfast." Her voice emanated with exuberant, joyous energy as she shared. I felt her energy lifting me up.

I've known her since I was 17, when in Sunday School, she taught me how to read the Bible. Today, her passion for Scripture is just as infectious as it was back then. Indeed, soon after our conversation, I dug into the book of Acts. That's the power of passion — and example!

I wish to make a point here: Passion for the Scriptures cannot be hidden. It shows! So does the opposite: apathy toward Scripture. That shows, too. It certainly shows in those who deliver sermons every Sunday with little reference to the Word. Furthermore, apathy shows in their listeners who don't mind; they don't notice because they don't know the Word themselves.

What about you? How's your passion for the Scriptures? Are you passionately eager to read the Bible — even books in their entirety? Or are you content with the odd verse here and there? Then, perhaps my 94-year-old friend can inspire you. She herself is an example of the benefit of passionate reading. But you are best to discover those benefits for yourself!

The Bible is God's gift to you. Let it influence you. Let it change your thinking, even long-held assumptions. I say, let the Bible grow on you — through your own relentless, passionate determination to know it. See where the Spirit takes you with that. Remember, you're not too old for such adventure … and responsibility.

Acts 17:11 – Now the Bereans … received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear Lord, "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul." (Psalm 143:8 NIV) Amen.

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Diane Eaton <d.eaton@bmts.com>
Paisley, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great challenge, Diane.

    Thank you, Diane, for a beautiful devotion and challenge.

    Thanks, Diane, for this gentle reminder to spend time with God by reading His Word. Blessings.

    Thank you for this insightful reminder to read the Bible. It convicted me to be more faithful as I have neglected my daily devotionals recently.

    What a great friend, hopefully she will inspire us all to have more passion for the Bible especially the Old Testament as it can be particularly difficult. God bless you and your friend, Diane!

    What a great picture you’ve shown us, of how the Bible gives life, energy, and a positive spirit, so much needed today.
    Thanks for a great start to the day!

    Dear Diane,
    Thank you so much for today’s devotional which inspires us to learn to know God through His word.

    WOW! Perfectly put, Diane, and you are speaking directly to me? I would like to quote some of your devotional in our church newsletter.
    Thank you,

    Dear Diane,
    Your devotionals are always so inspiring and interesting. Yes, there is so much to be learned through the reading of scriptures and following the word can improve the behaviour of so many lives.
    Blessings for the writings you do.

    Thank you for your devotional and the story of your friend who has such zeal in reading God’s Word. It is exciting to read about people who cherish and continue to read it. I’ve read it all my life, but over 20 years ago I started reading the Daily Lectionary Readings. When it was put on computer, I started with it and read it first thing in the morning. A few years ago I made a commitment to read through the Bible every year and to read 5 Psalms and 1 Proverb every day of the month. I’m 88 years old and more excited than ever about reading the Bible, and thanks again for your encouragement and the example you told about.

    I started a daily Bible reading program some time ago.
    What I liked was it led me to pieces of scripture that were unfamiliar, a great leaning experience.

    Hi Diane,
    This is such a lovely encouraging message! Your friend taught you how to read the Bible and she is just as enthused and full of passion for the Word today. This motivates me to keep on reading the Word and that the Scriptures will be my companion in this life and in our home in Heaven with our Father!

    Thank you, Diane. I agree! I have found this passion in recent years and it changed my life.

    Good morning Diane,
    A good devotional the other day. To answer your question, I do like to pick out passages which speak to me, but while preparing for Bible Discussions, as I did for many years at the local Long-term Care Centre, I did enjoy reading whole chapters and books, especially the stories about the Israelites in the Old Testament, Joseph, Moses etc. And I love to read the stories by Dr. Luke.
    Thank you for writing.

    Dear Diane,
    Your devotional is indeed both an encouragement and a needed call to check priorities, as it’s all too easy for one’s focus to shift. As we re-started our weekly Bible study at church this week and dug into Genesis 12 (God, Abraham, and his family, and us), we all agreed that the Spirit opened that chapter to us in new ways. There’s gold on the surface, but always so much more even, when we dig deeper.
    I hope and pray that you, your family, and your church family are safe and well, and may God keep you all, as the number of COVID cases increase so in Ontario.

    Thank you, Diane, for the inspiration to be passionate about reading God’s word.


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