An Idea for Your Next Bible Reading Time
As a writer, I select my words carefully to create a specific message. If I take special measures to choose just the right nouns or verbs, adjectives and adverbs, how much more care did God, the Author of the life-changing, living Word take?
With this in mind, I don’t want to miss receiving whatever God has for me in His Word. If you feel the same way, rather than just reading our Bibles each day, let’s ask God’s Holy Spirit to give us insight into His heart regarding the verses we’re reading.
Imagine if we understood God’s Word the way God himself meant for us to.
Let’s pursue this thought using Galatians 2:20 (ESV):
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Don’t you love this verse? I do.
But what if we asked God to help us understand and appreciate it on a deeper level by asking Him specific questions, such as:
- “Lord, what do You mean when You say, ‘I have been crucified with Christ’?”
- Or if we wanted clarity about the next part of this verse, we could ask, “How do I surrender control of my own life and allow Your Son to truly live in me?”
- And regarding my favorite section of this verse, what would His Holy Spirit reveal to our hearts if we asked Him, “Father, will You help me fully appreciate the love it took for You to give up Your Son to die for me”?
Think how our quiet times (time we spend praying and reading our Bibles) would change if we also took time to listen to what He says in response to our questions.
Perhaps you can try doing this with some of your favorite verses or when you read your Bible this week. Depending on the verse or passage, practicing this could open our hearts as the Holy Spirit reveals areas in our lives where we need His intervention. It could absolutely change our quiet time, not to mention our day.
More importantly, it could transform our relationship with the Author of Scripture, Almighty God … our heavenly Father.
What do you think?
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this post. (Others might also benefit from your comment.)
- Would you consider spending time asking God to help you see and understand His Word the way He, himself, meant for you to?
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These are great suggestions! I know I certainly need to do this!
Hi, Barbara. I assure you that if you do this consistently, it will transform your quiet time.
And . . . HAPPY – AND VERY BLESSED – BIRTHDAY, dear friend.
And thank you for sharing my devotion on your Facebook page, Barbara! I always appreciate it when you do.
Thank you, Sheryl, for sharing your excellent blog message with us! We like to use the “OODA loop” (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) is a four-step approach to reading and studying the Word more deeply. We ask who it was specifically written for; when and why was it written, so we can understand it more fully; how does God want me to apply it my life; and then, with His help, act on the verse so I am profited by reading it, praying the Holy Spirit will will guide us into all truth. Wonderfully encouraging post! Amen! xoxo
I am SO glad you shared the OODA loop method with us, Becky. Thank you!
And thank you for sharing my devotion on your Facebook page, Becky! I always appreciate it when you do.
Sheryl, thank you for your insightful message today. Using your suggestions we would learn to slow down and get deeper in God’s Word each time we read our Bibles. I agree with your words: “Depending on the verse or passage, practicing this could open our hearts as the Holy Spirit reveals areas in our lives where we need His intervention. It could absolutely change our quiet time, not to mention our day”. Amen! [I am both honored and blessed to share your message on my Timeline to further His kingdom to reach more hearts for God for His diving purpose and glory.]
I always appreciate your encouraging comments, Joyce. Thank you.
And thank you for sharing my devotion on your Facebook page, Joyce! I always appreciate it when you do.