Read: Isaiah 55:6-13
Some people ask, “Do I really have to read the Old Testament books?” They may say things like “The Old Testament seems so boring and difficult.” Many Christians feel this way. The answer is that the Old Testament offers background and even contrasts essential to grasping the New Testament.
While Isaiah challenges us to seek God (Isa. 55:6), he also promises us that God’s Word accomplishes what the Lord wants it to accomplish (Isa. 55:11). All Scripture is alive and powerful (Heb. 4:12), and is useful to teach, correct, and instruct us (2 Tim. 3:16). God’s Word never returns void (Isa. 55:8-11). Sometimes it is only later that God’s words come to our minds when we need them.
The Holy Spirit will always use the truths we have stored from studying, and He helps us to apply them at just the right time. Lev. 19:10-11 speaks of business competition and even caring for the poor. The Holy Spirit can remind us of these concepts, and we can use them, if we have spent time reading and studying that passage. Reading and studying the Bible turn our minds into storerooms through which the Spirit can work. That is a great reason to read every page of the Bible for its worth. Always rely on God’s Spirit to understand God’s Word.