If you go through the Scriptures diligently, you will already know that time after time, stories of people who refused to listen to, or believe in what God had told them were often met with judgement. This is true in both the old and the new testaments. Just read Acts!
Our text today comes from 1 Kings 13, in which there are two prophets. One of them sent out a prophecy from God; later on, he was tested by God’s use of another prophet. The first prophet failed that test and died for his trouble. He failed to obey what God had already told him. He was not to go back to the place he originally went to, nor was he to eat or drink there. That was God’s commandment, and he failed the test because he failed to realise the second prophet had lied to him.
We are told to test the spirits. The Bereans checked the Scriptures to ensure they were being taught the truth.
Pastor Daniel is always telling us to read our Bibles. He’s right. How can we possibly know how to live if we don’t? How can we possibly even function as Christians if we never read what God has given us? It’s lazy and dangerous if we fail to pick up our Bibles. No one in their right mind would fail to do this.
We need to know Who God is, and we need the comfort and support of His Holy Spirit to even get through one day, never mind the rest of our lives! You know what failure to read Scripture leads to? Lack of belief and lack of faith. That’s dangerous, and it can lead to death.
I’m serious, folks.
You know that Scripture which tells us the just shall live by faith? (Actually, that link gives us a few of them)! Get stuck in and read. Know God, and make sure He knows you. The last thing ANY of us need to hear on the Day of His return are those dreadful, fateful words: “I never knew you…”
Please God, do not let that happen to anyone reading this. I beg You, Father. Please don’t let that happen to ANYONE who reads this page. Please let this prayer be found in Heaven. Please let Your eyes see it, and please fill us all with Your powerful, comforting, convicting Spirit that we may do Your word.