What It Takes

Back in the early 80’s, I led a group at Western Michigan University. The group began with about six students and eventually grew to over eighty! That may not impress many of you, but you have to remember that these were young college students, and we met every Wednesday night at about 9:00 and lasted until about 1:00 in the morning! And, on top of that, many of them had classes the next morning! These days, you would be fortunate to get anyone to commit to something with those kinds of demands. I don’t mean to brag, but the teaching was very good. But the worship was led by Jeff Cornhill and was superb! In honor of Elton Trueblood, we called ourselves, the Company of The Committed!

There was one member of the group who was a new believer, and his spiritual life seemed to overflow with God’s presence. Many of those who knew him before would comment on the amazing turn-around in his life. They were so amazed to see the change in his life and personality.

When I talked to him, he explained that he began to devote himself to the Scriptures out of a deep need. He would quote the Psalmist, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97). “I can’t explain it, but something happened when God opened my spiritual understanding. I don’t know what he did, but it came through prayerful meditation of the Word of God! It became ‘alive‘ in me!”

I think that is true for all of us. None of us can expect to get the rich, transforming blessings from God, without devoting ourselves to the actual study of the Scriptures . . .  not just reading the little scripture cards from our Daily Bread Box. Too many believers are content to simply reach for a commentary on the Scriptures; to read what others have to say about them.

“Father, those commentaries are so convenient, and the time pressures are so real! Please deliver me from the short-cuts, and help me discipline myself to long, concentrated study of the Scriptures themselves. Amen.”

Doulos Studies

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I do thank you for your gifts. It is your faithful and continued support that makes these messages possible.

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