Letters don’t quite hold the same power that they used to, unless they are all that you have. Before smart phones and the internet there was a day when letters held people together. They connected loved ones in spite of great distances. In spite of whatever physical obstacles were in the way, letters had the power to close that distance and bring people together.
Like most of you, I came on the scene after that time. I’ve relied on phone calls, emails, instant messages, and social media to stay in contact with people. It all worked very well until it couldn’t. In the spring of 2008 I enlisted in the U.S. Army and shipped out for basic training, and for 10 weeks all of my usual tools for staying in contact were off the table. Everything was stripped away except for letters. My wife wrote me every day, and I wrote her as often as I could. And for a few moments each day when I got one of Priscilla’s letters we were connected again. The distance was gone and I could see her face, hear an account of her day, and feel her heart. For a brief space in time, in that quiet moment on my bunk or under a tree we were together. We still have those letters, and we wouldn’t trade them for the world.
God has done the same for us. His word is like a letter. He gave us the Bible so that we can know His will, hear His voice, and grow to understand His character. Just like the letters my wife sent me, the Bible was designed to help bring us close to God. It closes the distance between heaven and Earth and helps us to stay connected to our heavenly Father.
The trick, though, is that we have to read His letter in order to connect with God. All the things that we have on our plate on a daily basis can make this hard unless we have a plan. Having a plan helps provide structure and accountability that can help us stay on track with connecting with God through His word.
There are many Bible apps and websites that can help you devise a plan that will work for you. Comment below if you need help finding one and I will send you some suggestions.
In addition, I’d like to suggest my new devotion book. It’s designed to take you on a 30 day journey that can help you establish the habit of reading God’s word every day. You can get access to it at the link below. I hope that it will help you, and I would love to hear from you once you check it out.