This year I have decided to up my reading plan. So, I am trying to read a book a week. I am really enjoying this, and have found it really beneficial, but as I started to re-read ‘precious remedies against Satan’s devices‘ by Thomas Brooks this morning, I came across a timely warning.
Perhaps this is a warning you may need to search your heart about too.
The following quotes are taken from ‘a word to the reader‘:
Remember, it is not hasty reading—but serious meditating upon holy and
heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee’s touching of the flower, which gathers honey—but her abiding for a time upon the flower, which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most—but he who meditates most, who will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.
Know that it is not the knowing, nor the talking, nor the reading man—but the doing man, that at last will be found the happiest man. “If you know these things, blessed and happy are you if you DO them.” “Not everyone that says, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven—but he who DOES the will of my Father that is in heaven” (John 13:17, Matt. 7:21).
Reader, If it is not strong upon your heart to practice what you read, to what end do you read? To increase your own condemnation? If your light and knowledge be not turned into practice, the more knowing a man you are, the more miserable a man you will be in the day of recompense; your light and knowledge will more torment you than all the devils in hell.