Do Not Neglect God’s Word

March 13, 2007 — 4 Comments

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O LORD;
teach me your statutes!
With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.

Do not neglect God’s Word. Those were the words that I understood clearly – especially as I attempt to wake up with one less hour of sleep. I cannot allow anything to separate me from the Bread of Life – no matter how tired, how hungry, or how hard it is to peel my eyes open – I should be in God’s Word daily, and I want to force myself to read the most important book in all of history before I do anything or read anything.

I think all of us tend to diminish the importance of spending time with God, and reading God’s Word. We talk and write as if it is very important to us, yet many times our actions prove otherwise. At some times, they prove what is truly important to us. We use God’s gift of sleep, something good, and abuse it by not going to bed early enough so that we are able to wake up and read God’s Word. Other times we are too hungry, or sleep in, and decide that we need to just “skip” our daily “quiet time” with the Lord. I cannot understand how easily I allow my sinful nature to overcome me during my time of weakness in those early hours. How much more will it overcome me when times prove harder than waking up in the morning? If my priorities are not set straight now, how will I act when times are different?

We must first go to the Lord in prayer and repentance, asking Him to forgive us for putting other things before Him and His Word, then asking Him to allow His Holy Spirit to empower us with strength each morning. It goes without saying that we must do our part in getting enough sleep, and then resolve to get up the next day ready to meet with God first and foremost. Then we must act – these remain words on a page until we put them into action.

I pray that we no longer neglect God’s Word, nor diminish our sin of selfishness and idolatry. May we all go to the Lord in prayer over this matter, and resolve with the Holy Spirit’s guiding hand to be faithful to spend time with God daily. We will never be the same.

Tim Sweetman

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Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

4 responses to Do Not Neglect God’s Word

  1. The important thing is to read God’s word on a regular basis. At one time in my life I used to get up at 6.00am and have a 1 hour Quiet Time. I managed to do this for about 6 months. These days it is much more difficult with kids and life pressures and laziness.

    Keep reading God’s word. I was far more regular and committed to this process when I was a teen than I am now. The good thing is that my Christian life now has, in many ways, been shaped by my reading of the scriptures when I was a teen. The truths you learn at a younger age will keep you in stead as you get older.

    Read God’s word. If you can’t do it in the morning then do it at lunchtime or in the evening. If you find your weekdays too full, set aside a slab of time on the weekend.

    Try different types of bible reading. The hard, exegetical, nitty-gritty exegesis of verses in Romans or other books of the bible can be very rewarding, as is reading entire books in one sitting. Train yourself to see both the micro and the macro.

  2. Awesome post, Tim! Very encouraging. I wrote a blog post similar to what you wrote in this if you want to check it out. Here’s the link… http://revitalizeouryouth.blogspot.com/2006/12/our-time-spent-with-god-while-reading.html.

  3. thanks so much for this post. it was really encouraging. lately with school and work and such it just seems as though my quiet time is getting smaller and smaller…I needed the reminder that we do have 24 hrs, and sometimes we need to put aside the less important things to make time for the reading of God’s Word…..

  4. This was a great post. I find it goes well right along with the Rebelution’s latest post which was up just a few days after yours. Coincidental I would say… or not. :)

    Anyway, I think God’s really been trying to teach me the priceless value of His Word. Time spent in His Word is NEVER wasted, even if it means other “important” things have to wait longer. It is absolutely essential to our spiritual growth and there is no substitute for it.

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