SCARY ENCOUNTER

I was scared. Terrified. My brain was working overtime as to what I should do. Should I call out for help, should I run as fast as I could, or just pray that the moment would pass? Others had already succumbed to such deadly attacks and ended up losing an arm or a leg or even a thumb. The thought was so gruesome that I immediately brushed it aside and continued contemplating what I would do next. Then I decided to do what any grown American male would do when faced with such a deadly enemy who had fire in her eyes. I closed the screen door and went back into the house. This was one mad ROBIN, and I wasn’t about to mess with her today!

So why would a robin stand guard over a nest for such a long time? Why would she prepare to dive bomb the intruder (that’s me) without any thought of repercussions? The answer was obvious, she was protecting her baby. She didn’t want anyone or anything to disturb the growth of her baby.

TRUTH MUST BE PROTECTED

Now, before you suspect me of being a “birdbrain” and recalling that story of self-preservation, let me say what brought it to mind. I was in the middle of teaching a class on the importance of the Word of God in a persons’ life, how it brings growth and grace into your life and how a person’s faith can’t mature without it. This truth must be protected much like that robin egg needed to be protected.

THEY JUST DON’T STUDY IT

Today the Word of God is being assaulted, ridiculed, and just ignored. Christians aren’t doubting the Bible; they just aren’t reading the Bible. They don’t study it to find fault with it; they just don’t study it. There are plenty of reasons why Christians don’t study the Bible but let me say this, if Christians knew how practical the Bible is, they would dig out their 4-6 copies of it and immediately begin a 12-month Bible Study!

One of the key verses that talks about the Bible is 2 Timothy 3:14-17. “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of because you know those from whom you learned it and how from infancy, you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

STUDYING THE BIBLE ISN’T A ONE-TIME DEAL

Did you hear what the Apostle Paul wrote? “Continue in what you have learned.” Studying the Bible isn’t a one-time deal where we get saved, we take a few Bible classes and then we’re set for life. That would be like getting that beautiful plant for Mother’s Day, putting it on the coffee table for all to admire and then the next day pushing it to the back of the closet, without water, without fresh dirt, and without sunshine. Don’t get me wrong, you still have the plant you put in the closet a few weeks ago, but without the fresh leaves, without the growth, and without the maturity a young plant needs to thrive.  As a believer we need this light that only the Word provides.

DIVE BOMB THE DIVERSIONS

This light will help us grow along the way because it is very useful. It will correct us when we slip up. It will rebuke us when we become arrogant or obnoxious. It will teach us the correct way to handle a situation which we find ourselves in. It will train us how to be a rightness person in a world where righteousness is not welcomed and is not rewarded. The Word of God needs to be protected in our lives, just as that robin was protecting her young one. When things in our lives seem to be more important than our time in the Word, when the pleasures of the day bring us more gratification than studying Scripture, or even when family time takes priority over our time with Him, it’s time to reevaluate and ask the question. It’s time to “dive bomb” those diversions that are trying to steal our time from the Word of God. Afterall, even a birdbrain like me, knows you don’t get between a bird and her baby!   

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