If you’ve taken a plane ride before, you’ll know there’s always a pre-flight safety briefing. One of the flight crew dons a life vest and demonstrates how to act in an emergency. Where the exits are. How to use a face mask. Important stuff.
And if you’re like me, you won’t be listening.
You’ve heard it before and it’s always the same. Boring. Besides, nothing dangerous ever happens….right? So most passengers don’t listen. Maybe it’s because they think they know it. Maybe it’s because the cabin crew will tell them what to do in the case of emergency. Maybe it’s because they’re sleepy.
But (God forbid) if there ever was an emergency, would the passengers know what to do? Would I know? Would anyone know? An emergency is not the time to pull out the instructions to start studying it feverishly. It’s the time to react based on our prior knowledge during the pre-flight briefing. Time is of the essence. It’ll mean life or death.
We often treat the Bible like a pre-flight briefing. Ignoring it. Thinking I’ll look it up when the time comes. Thinking someone will tell me what it says. And the result is…we’re unprepared for life when it’s crunch time. Temptations and challenges don’t ask for your permission. They barge in. And it’s at that moment, you choose how you will react. If you’ve never read and studied the Bible, you’ll not know what a godly choice looks like.
That’s why the Bible is studied right now to prepare for life. The Psalmist wrote:
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:9, 11
Storing God’s word in our heart keeps us from sin. It guards our ways. It helps us to make good choices. Will you study God’s word? Will you store his word in your heart? It could mean life or death for you.