Getting Glad in God

Do you have a goal when you read your Bible? Is there something in particular that you are looking for—some additional duty, an intriguing factoid, an inspiring verse? Or do you just read to get your reading done? Here’s a suggestion from George Mueller, the great man of prayer and faith:

The first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not, how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man might be nourished…. I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God and to meditation on it, that thus my heart might be comforted….Not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read,pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts…

So here’s an idea for your morning devotions… Read with a goal in mind.And rather than choosing new information or more duties as your goal, choose fresh hope in God as your goal. Get your soul “happy in the Lord.” For example,if you’re reading in the Gospels, meditate on what you see of Jesus until your mind opens to see His glory, your heart warms with affection for Him, your will bows to His Lordship. Read to be satisfied in God.