2014 is almost here! Another year, another attempt to commit to read through the Bible daily. Charles Spurgeon attempted to drum up support for reading the Bible daily in a sermon to his church preached more than 100 years ago. As you contemplate the challenge of reading the Bible daily, I want to encourage you to take in his council:
“O my brethren, what can be better for informing the understanding than the Word of God? Would you know God? Would you know yourself? Then search this Book. Would you know time, and how to spend it? Would you know eternity, and how to be prepared for it? Then, search ye this Book. Would you know the evil of sin, and how to be delivered from it? Would you know the plan of salvation, and how you can have a share in it? This is the Book which will instruct you in all these matters. There is nothing which a man needs to know for the affairs of his soul, between here and heaven, of which this Book will not tell him. Blessed are they that read it both day and night; and especially blessed are they who read it with their eyes opened and illuminated by the Divine Spirit. If you want to be wise unto salvation, select the Word of God, and especially the Spirit of God, as your Teacher. There is nothing else that is equal to the Bible for inflaming, sanctifying, and turning in the right direction, all the passions of the soul.
And if you want something more than enlightenment for the understanding, and fulness of love to satisfy the heart,—if you need practical directions for your every-day life,—this Book will supply you with them. In every part of the sea of life in which a man may be, if this be his chart, he will not miss his way, or suffer spiritual shipwreck. If you were a king, you might learn your duty here; and if you are a beggar, or the poorest of the poor, you may find comfort and instruction here. Fathers, you may here learn how to manage your households. Children, you may learn here the duties of your position in your various relationships. Servants, masters, husbands, wives, sick folk, people in robust health, ye who are poor, and ye who are rich,—this Book is for you all, and when you consult it in the right spirit, it will talk with you all. Into whatsoever condition you may happen to be cast, this Book will follow you. It is such a wonderful Book that it adapts itself to all sorts and conditions of men. It whispers softly by the sick man’s bedside, and it has often called aloud, as with a trumpet voice, amidst the fury of the storm. It has a message for you while you are yet in the heyday of your youth, and a promise for you when you lean upon your staff, and totter to your grave. It is the Book, the everyday book, full of wisdom for every day in the week, all the year round.”
- Taken from the Sermon “The Best Thing in The Best Place” preached on August 23, 1906.