But the rewards of our meditation — seeing more of God himself — can be surprisingly dangerous.
Knowledge can corrupt and distract if we don’t know what to do with it.
“All this information, all the effortless access to truth about God, freezes over our sense of miracle” (Parnell, 42). This is the highway to having a heart that loves what you read.
Be absolutely amazed that we even know this God and that he loves us as surely and sacrificially as he does. Parnell says, “Revelation, chock-full of wonder, is meant for fellowship” (46) and, “You must pause and pray, for only prayer can transform information into intimacy” (48).
“More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb” (Psalm ). If we carve out time to be with God in his book, we’ll be rewarded.
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One defense against pride and complacency in our Bible reading is learning to always be stunned at what we learn about God and never at we know. Mathis writes, “Grace: despite our rebellion, covering our past, flooding our present, and increasing forever into the future. In our day, we have an unusual and increasing wealth of information about God and the gospel at our fingertips.
The Bible itself is worth a lifetime and more of study, but we’re also swimming in sermons, articles, blogs, and social media.
How do we keep our daily devotions from being (spiritually) dangerous?