Before working out today I did what I always do first thing in the morning.
I find it impossible to begin my day any other way. I want to say to you very briefly, although I have so much more I want to say, that Scripture is able to bring a new depth of understanding to our lives. You and I have discovered God, and frankly there is nothing in this world that can even approach the joy and delight of discovering God more and more through his word. And you and I passionately want our friends and family members to come to that same joyful knowledge of God. But how on earth can we discover the wonder that God is without his word? We need to know God more than anything else in the world, and the Scriptures are the vehicle that will bring that knowledge to us. Quite simply, the Scriptures are the very words and thoughts of the gospel, and we ought to make sure that we understand it to the degree we are able.
God has given us a most wonderful gift, and taking trouble over Scripture is our response to God. We say to him, "You have gone to all that trouble to reveal yourself to us. We owe it to you and we owe it to our families and to the world outside to understand the full riches of all that it contains." No man need be ashamed of such simple faith and dependence upon God. Keenest intellects have spent lifetimes with this book and have confessed to barely touching the surface of its treasures. But the best approach is with the heart of a child. Take the Book for what it is -- the word of your loving Heavenly Father -- and rest your weary heart on it. Don't deny your soul its meat because you're in too much of a morning hurry to open it!