Basking in His Word -4-15-13

Basking in His Word 4-15-13

Do you ever get so deep in reading the Word of God that you loose track of time? Or maybe you find yourself thinking on the scriptures as you wander through your day as if you were in the Bible days?

Do you see people around you in the likeness of the characters you are reading about in your daily reads?
If so you may be basking in the Word!

Think about how it is to lay out in the sun, or maybe you enjoy sitting outside on a warm Spring day with a bit of sin filtering through the trees. As you sit there imagine the warmth you feel that reaches to the depths of your body because it just feels so good that you do not want to stop sitting there even if you know there is a threat of sunburn. That is basking in the Sunshine. Personally I love that feeling, but even more than that do I enjoy basking in the Son-shine!

Basking in the Son is when you think on a Bible truth that touches your soul, its as if the same warmth of the physical sun is shining from the inside out fulling you with warmth and peace that passes all understanding. You just want to think, or meditate, on this particular part of scripture for ever!

Many of us get this excited when we are first 'saved' and we want the whole world to feel it too! We wake up in the morning feeling that love of God flowing all over us and we just can't help but tell others about it. Like a person who loves to go to the beach to we dive into the Word first thing and carry our Bibles with us wherever we go. There is no time too short or too long for us to spend reading; even one scripture verse will keep us basking in His Word.

The thing we probably do not realize when we do this is that its His Love that we are truly basking in; the love notes in our Bibles remind us of all things wonderful and related to the One we love. One such day in the Bible the people followed Jesus around to listen to Him speak, they did not have a Bible to carry; they spent the whole day in His Word!

So they left by boats but many people recognized them and saw them leaving, and people from many towns ran ahead along the shore and goth there ahead of them. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said,” This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.” But Jesus said, “You feed them.”
with what?” they asked. “We'd have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!”
How much bread do you have?” he asked.”Go and find out.”
They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.”
Then Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven and blessed them. Then breaking the loaves into pieces he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they would distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share.

They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets for leftover bread and fish. A total of 5,000 mean and their families were fed from those loaves!Mark 6:30-44

God honored the people for sitting there at Jesus' feet listening to His direction. In the same way I believe He honors us today when we bask in His Word. The more we listen to what God has for us the more our day will be filtered with good 'food' for thought.

On the last day the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the scriptures declare, 'Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.'” John 7:36-38
Basking in His presence is resting in Him. Basking in His Word is resting in His word, relishing it and savoring it; in other words thoroughly enjoying it!

When we read or listen to studies in the morning it will remain with us throughout the day. I can't count how many times I have had the right attitude or thing to say when someone was in need of a good word because of the time spent searching the scriptures for that perfect amount of information. Some days it is just a matter of a little nibble that stays with me all day. Some days it takes several chapters or a whole book but whatever amount it takes to enjoy what you are reading and know that it was what God wanted you to read today suffices.
I am counting on the Lord; yes I am counting on Him. I have put my hope in His Word. Psalm 10:5

What I am trying to say is that reading the bible daily is not supposed to be a chore but something to enjoy. Read to your heart's content!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your Word that we can read daily and grow closer to You in doing so. Thank you for the knowledge, the understanding and the wisdom we receive in the Word each day. Help us to apply it to our lives and those around us, in Jesus name, amen.

Suggested reading: Psalm 130:1-8, Mark 6: 1-56, Psalm 89:1-82, and 2 Peter 3:1-18.