One of my favorite quiet time/devotional tools is Ruth Myers’ 31 Days of Praise.
In this single quote from Day 7, she outlines four huge benefits to spending time in God’s Word daily:
“What a privilege it is to store Your Word in my heart, where You can use it at any moment to bless me and guide me… to keep me from sinning against You… and to be a storehouse of inspired words that the Spirit can bring to my mind to help others.”
1. To bless me. Sounds kind of selfish, but really, who doesn’t want to be blessed? Being blessed by God, through His Word, is a huge motivator for me. The blessings can be as simple as my anxious heart being stilled. It might be encouragement when I’m feeling like I’m not measuring up. It might be fresh perspective, or a renewed mind. The blessings may vary from day to day, but I rarely walk away from my time with Him without having been blessed in some recognizable way.
2. To guide me. Really, this is a biggie. I keep a small pad of paper next to me during my quiet time. He’s amazing at giving me ideas, placing someone on my heart who needs encouragement, redirecting the trajectory of my planned day, or instructing me in areas where I need growth and change (I use my journal for this, too – a post for another day). I invite and delight in any guidance He gives. (BTW, I’ve learned not to have my phone, iPad, or computer near me during my quiet time. It’s a problem when I do. Probably just me…).
3. To keep me from sinning against You. God’s Word is constantly refining, changing, cleansing, and opening my eyes to my yuck… I REALLY need number three.
4. Equip me to help others. Isn’t is great to walk away from a situation where someone needed Godly wisdom, helpful guidance, or encouragement from Scripture, and you were able to deliver? His Word was tucked away, hidden in your heart, and He chose to intersect someone in need with YOU, because He knew you had the good stuff available! Love that. Funny, you don’t walk away proud, you walk away humbled that God saw you and chose to use you.
While these four certainly aren’t the only reasons for spending time in Scripture each day, I think they’re pretty compelling. It’s worth it to carve out the time, and let it become a part of the daily routine. You’ll be glad you did!