Have you ever noticed a blue, down arrow on the headings for composing a new e-mail that signifies that the content is of “Low Importance?” Have you ever used that blue arrow? I send and receive dozens of e-mails every day – totaling over 20,000 in the past few years (according to my full archives that our IT Director keeps asking me to empty) – and I have NEVER assigned an e-mail a blue, down arrow. But I’ve sent many an e-mail with that red exclamation point signifying “high importance” that I want others to act on right away.
I wonder if I’m guilty of assigning red exclamation points to certain Scriptures and blue, down arrows to others. After all, when I’m camping in the Word of God, I like to be in Luke, Romans, or Ruth. Interestingly enough, the biggest blessing and most poignant learning often comes when I am in the less traveled paths of the Bible. These are the very parts that some casual readers might assign a dreaded blue, down arrow.
Are you out of the habit of reading the Bible? Have you been spending time only in the red exclamation point sections? Try this:
- If you’re a frequent highlighter of Scripture, get a new copy of God’s Word and begin reading it. This way you’ll focus fresh on all of it instead of just the highlighted sections.
- Get on a plan for reading through the Bible in a year. Stick to it. Get the “You Version” app today and choose one of the reading plans and check the box that reminds you daily.
- Memorize 2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.”
- Read through the Minor Prophets but first read through an intro to each of these 12 obscure books in a Study Bible so you have a little background. Then ask God to show you something each day that you read.
Go off-roading in God’s Word today and never use that blue, down arrow again. Every Word of God is inspired; let it inspire you today.