Required Reading

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Colleges across the United States prepare for the new academic year as students pack their cars with clothing and furniture and head down many of the major highways back to campus. There is a sense of excitement and anticipation as incoming students arrive on campuses eager to settle in and continue their education. Sadly though, these same emotions are often missing when it comes to reading and studying the greatest book in the world, the Bible. In the Old Testament, Psalm 119 is devoted to praising the unique character of God’s Word. The same thread runs through the New Testament with Jesus testifying to the accuracy and truthfulness of the written Word of God.

One individual that stands out as a true student of the Scriptures is the Apostle Paul. He encourages Timothy, a younger church leader, to “Do your best (study) to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” The verse begins by telling us that our approach to the Scriptures should be one of zeal and eagerness. Then as we go through God’s Word, the Holy Spirit enables us to cut through or interpret it correctly so it can be properly applied. Such eagerness and joyful study delights the author of Scripture.

The next time you open your Bible or smart phone app to have your devotions, pray that your heart and mind would be right before God. Let’s read the Bible with enthusiasm and interpret it correctly so others will see that Christians are all students of one book.