Thank God for the rich resources for personal growth He supplies us with!
In addition to many of the bountiful blessings He heaps upon us, such as fellowship with God’s people, the preaching and teaching of His Word, regular communion, outreach and evangelism, etc., one of the most helpful to us in our walk with our Heavenly Father is the practice of reading a daily Scripture devotional.
There are quite a few excellent book choices, including –
- My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, 19th century author and missionary
- Wisdom for Today by Chuck Smith, founding pastor of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA
- Trusting God Day By Day by Joyce Meyers
- Hope for Each Day – Morning and Evening Devotions by Billy Graham
- Your Best Life Begins Each Morning: Devotions to Start Every Day of the Year by Joel Osteen
- Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence (with Scripture References) by Sarah Young
- The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge by Tony Dungy, former NFL coach
- Smith Wigglesworth Devotional by Smith Wigglesworth, famous miracle-working evangelist of the last century
– Just to name just a few.
Choose a scripture devotional
Some online examples of the daily Scripture devotional include:
The really great news about using a daily Scripture devotional is that it can be a tipping point experience for us, each and every day. It can make the difference between living our day with an attitude of victory or defeat, of delight or despair, in affection or indifference – one little word can change your whole day.
There are even specialty daily Scripture devotionals, such as:
- The Daily Bible by F. Lagard Smith – so that a person can read through the whole Bible in one year
- Our Best Life Together: A Daily Devotional for Couples by Joel and Victoria Osteen – here’s something you and your honey can do together, every day, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston
- The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids by Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life
- Live in Light: 5-Minute Devotions for Teen Girls by Melanie M. Redd
- The Ultimate Boys’ Book of Devotions: 365 Daily Devotions by Ed Strauss
There’s no doubt you can find a daily Scripture devotional for just about any people group and stream of faith.
Hear from God each and every day
What this means is that you, too, can find a daily Scripture devotional resource that fits your people group, interest, and “time of life” need. With one of these in hand, you can find relevant help from the Scriptures, each and every day.
All of these daily Scripture devotional tools grew out of a simple need – the authors wanted to hear from God, each and every day. Then, finding that they could hear from God every day and be helped greatly by it, the authors took time to organize the wonderful devotional life they were experiencing into a collection of daily readings.
The authors of theses daily Scripture devotional books and online habit builders, having heard from God in the Scriptures, set these experiences down in such a way that we all can benefit. We all can share in their experience. We all can be helped and be encouraged by the fruit of their labors in the Bible.
It’s not hard to get started. Get one of these, try it, and see how it works for you:
Put your daily Scripture devotional beside your bed so that first thing, each and every day, when you wake up, you can take 10-15 minutes in a quiet place and give your Heavenly Father the first cut of your day. Let Him awaken you through your daily Scripture devotional, and let it inspire you and instruct you in the way you should go. Let His loving words wash over you and fill you, anew and afresh, with boldness and faith permeating each and every minute.
God is a perfect companion
Practicing the reading of your daily Scripture devotional as a habit will set your day in motion on a positive footing, with the viewpoint of Heaven placed first and foremost before your eyes and heart. It gets us in the place where we can hear from God, and have something to share with others:
I will hear what God the LORD will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints… (Ps. 85:8)
Building a rich, rewarding, and blessed relationship with God is no different than building any other relationship. It takes time, effort, and patience. The good news is, God is a perfect companion, constant in His love, faithful to His promises, unfathomably abundant in mercy, and long-suffering to the utmost. And the practice of daily Scripture devotional can help amplify and ingrain all of this in our lives in a way that bears much fruit.