Many years ago, I happened upon a well in the middle of a forest. After I primed the pump, I drank some of the water. It was delicious, definitely some of the best water I’ve ever tasted.

When I drank that water, it was easy to understand why David said, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is” (Psalm 63:1).

I’ve come to realize that there are three basic groups of Bible-reading Christians. The first group’s members subscribe to an “I-don’t-know-enough-about-it” philosophy. This is understandable. No one likes to try something new without some basic knowledge first.

Don’t forget. You have the Holy Spirit as your constant Guide. He will help you to understand what you are reading right where you are.

Perhaps you belong to the “on-again, off-again” group. You feel like you don’t have enough time to do it every day. Allow me to modify a certain famous phrase, “If you are too busy to read your Bible, then you are too busy!”

Maybe you’re in the third group—the group of people who want to make their daily Bible reading even more dynamic than it already is.

You desire to see God’s hand working in your life and you know that the more you study and learn, the more you will understand what it is He wants you to do. I encourage you to keep drinking from the eternal water of God’s Word. This will help keep your spiritual walk fresh and new.

Constantly over the years of captivity (in Lebanon from March 1985 – December 1991), I found consolation and counsel in the Bible I was given…it was an enormous help to me. — Correspondent Terry Anderson

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder