“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
If we are honest, we do not always feel like doing what we need to do. If we neglect loading the dishwasher, no clean dishes will be available, resulting in crusty dishes the next day. Poor oral hygiene is a forerunner to tooth loss, so we had better make the effort to care for them. Wait too long to cut your grass and snakes and mice think they have found a new neighborhood. Skip too many baths and ungodly odors emanate from key places that will not stand for it!
Likewise, reading the Word is not always what we feel like doing, but we must discipline ourselves to do it. Think of what happens when we are lazy about it. The weeds of discontentment, fading loyalty to Christ, and the ugly side we all know we have tend to grow out of control. The mindset of the world, the flesh and the devil slither in and we may be slow to notice. The stench of gossip, rudeness, and self-righteousness flow from places that the washing of the water by the Word normally cleanses. We never intend it to happen; each day of neglect often has a promise to get right tomorrow attached to it. Before we know it, we are way farther away from godliness than we realize. That kind of distance happens by choice even if unintended.
Choose each day to renew your mind with the Word of God. Everyday will not be one where a truth leaps off the page, but it is still doing you a world of good, My Friend. The watching world, your family and friends, and your spiritual health depend on it.