“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
A Man in a Chariot
(Please read Acts 8:26-40)
A contestant astounds watchers of a TV game show by winning day after day, displaying a vast and ready knowledge about many subjects. He credits his knowledge to hours and days of study of miscellaneous information as a child and an adult, plus a good memory.
In another place at an earlier time a man rides on a desert road in Judea, reading a scroll while his servant drives. His mind is occupied with the prophecies of Isaiah, which he has trouble understanding. But because of his reading and his inquiring mind he is visited by the evangelist Philip, who explains things to him.
These two people – so far apart in time, geography, manner of life, language and purpose – had at least two things in common. Each studied what he was interested in. And both were rewarded as a result of their study, the contestant with more than $2 million in prize money and the traveler with salvation itself. Study can indeed be rewarding!
Everyone needs to study the Bible, for faith is based on knowledge and through it we can escape the spiritual pollutions of the world. Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32, NIV). We are fond of quoting the part about being free, but we must remember that the truth can set us free only if we know and believe the truth.
So spend at least a few minutes in Bible study today – and tomorrow and the days after that. You’ll be rewarded for it.