I don’t know whether I’m going through a second childhood or what, but lately I’ve been craving a box of Cracker Jack. Do you know what I’m talking about —the candy-covered popcorn and peanuts in a box with young Sailor Jack on the label? I remember the slogan: “The more you eat, the more you want!”
Cracker Jack is great, but there is something far better. David said it is “sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb” (Ps. 19:10). And like the candied popcorn, “the more you eat, the more you want.” The more you read the Bible, the more you will desire to read it. It is an appetite that grows as it feeds, and feeds as it grows.
Bible study is habit-forming; like your teatime or coffeebreak. One of the first things I do when I rise in the morning is put the kettle on. It’s a habit, for I want my coffee. And then with my coffee I sit down with the Book. Reaching for the Bible the first thing in the morning can become a real habit—and a good one. You wouldn’t think of going to work without breakfast, but are you going into the day without your spiritual food?
Get the early morning Bible-reading habit, and keep it up until you can’t break it. Reach for the Book!
Then let me love my Bible more
And take a fresh delight
By day to read these wonders o'er
And meditate by night. —Watts
Those who only sample the Bible never acquire a taste for it.