Last week I wrote about the Bible being the most hated book in the world. Most of us take the freedom we have to read the Word for granted. We fail to see the blessing of owning a Bible and allow it to sit on our nightstand collecting dust.
Or only read it on Sunday.
We don’t intend to neglect this precious Gift, but we often do. We allow ourselves to make excuses. We are too busy. We are too tired. We don’t know how to have an effective quiet time. Some days it can just feel like a hassle. Another thing on our to-do list.
I think we sometimes forget that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the actual words of God. The only words of God.
“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” –2 Timothy 3:16
The Greek word used in this verse is Theopneustos, which literally means “God-breathed.” Those words on the pages of that Book you are reading is God speaking to you. What a wonderfully, incomprehensible truth!
If your soul is feeling parched. Your mind, frazzled. Your body, weary. You need to to be satisfied with the Living Water. You don’t need to read another devotional. You don’t need a Christian self-help book. You need the Word of God. You need to spend time with El Shaddai, the All-Sufficient One.
Several years ago, I read a quote by Kay Arthur (I wish I could find it!) in which she made a very poignant statement. She said that whenever we prefer reading other books over studying the Bible, we are saying that we prefer man’s words over God’s Words. As I have shared before, as an avid reader, this really hit home with me. Using devotionals or reading other Christian living books to aid our spiritual growth is not wrong, however our first objective should be to seek the instruction of the Lord through His Word–the Bible.
We need to continually determine in our hearts to give God’s Word priority over man’s words. I want to be able to say with the Psalmist,
“I have not turned aside from Your ordinances. For You Yourself have taught me.” –Psalm 119:102
In light of this, I’ve decided to take a couple of months to focus on how to study the Bible. If you struggle with finding a effective way to organize your quiet time or just need some fresh ideas to renew your passion for God’s Word, I’m writing for you. (To be perfectly honest, I need to review. So, I’m writing for myself and you get to read along!)
The Discover Deeper Devotions series will cover several diverse methods of studying the Bible and include tips for gaining a deeper understanding of what you are reading and how to apply it to your life.
I hope you will join me on this journey of learning how to effectively spend quality time with God and apply what you learn to your life.
What do you want to learn most in this series? Let me know in a comment and I will make every attempt to cover it!
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