There has always been the necessity for the sons of God to daily turn their attention to the Word of Life for spiritual sustenance and guidance. Brother Roberts makes some pertinent points on this subject that are as needful today as they were then. We should realise that we have more “free time” today than our brethren and sisters had one hundred years ago. Then it was work six days a week, ten hours a day!!

We know that “if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Rom 8:9). “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”, exclaims Paul.

What this mind and spirit are we learn, and learn only from the Scriptures, and from them only by the reading of them—the daily, attentive, loving reading of them. There is constant need for insistence on this. The mind of God is in the Bible, and we cannot come under its power except by daily traffic there. We easily persuade ourselves in our own creature satisfactions that a little Bible is enough, and many of us perhaps take this little at a time when it does us little good—at the end of the day, perhaps, when our force is spent, and the brain retains little susceptibility to impression. Let us get away from this delusion. Let us realise that our warfare against the natural mind, which is native to us all, must, if it is to be a successful warfare, be an unremitting warfare. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,is Paul’s exhortation. Oh, let us obey this sound advice. The rich in-dwelling of the word of Christ will be a constant antidote to the foolish thoughts and words of man, which are a natural heritage with us all. It will enable us to overcome in the good fight against folly and inanity. We shall find the daily reading of the word to be “mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.

 But it will be the result of determination and plan. No man ever stumbled accidentally into wisdom. It is the result of keeping wisdom company. “Blessed is the man that standeth daily at my gates, waiting at the post of my door.” Literally, in our day, this means the determined adoption of the plan of daily reading the Bible. We easily slip out of it. The only way is to give it an iron place in the day’s programme. Some think they haven’t the time to spare. I am sure this is a self-deception. I am certain that there is not a man upon earth, however menial his position, but who could manage twenty minutes a day for talk with God in the quiet reading of the Bible. The circumstances may not be favourable, but they can be arranged if the enlightened determination exists. They will be coerced by wise men. All men find place for that which is imperative. Bible reading is imperative. Man cannot live by bread alone. His mental well-being now—his material well-being ultimately—demands that he take in the knowledge of God so cunningly woven into the structure of all Bible writing. A man recognising this will find place for it. If he recognise not this, he is a foolish man, however much he may know of current life’s affairs.

The information we get from the Bible as to the will of God concerning us, is so “wrapped up” (as a friend well expressed it the other day) that it cannot be got at except by loving, patient, and constant intimacy. It yields not its secrets to the flippant, or the careless, or the scorner. “The wise shall understand: none of the wicked shall understand.” This is true in all directions. It requires more than mere “intelligence” to penetrate the myriad significances concealed in the Divine word. It requires the docile disposition of true and pure reason: expressed by Jesus as the humility of a little child. Even in science— that other department of the truth of God—the same qualities are essential to successful achievement. Jesus says: “If any man will do His will—(that is, desires truly and intends to do His will), he shall know of the doctrine”. This is the first condition of successful accomplishment in the things of the Spirit. Those who “stumble at the word” are the “disobedient”, according to Peter’s definition.

Now, in all parts of the Bible at the last, when we are in the right attitude, we get access to the mind of God as to “what manner of people we ought to be,” and must be—in places sometimes where people think it is not to be found.