Pondering His Word is like walking down the path in the picture above, going into the overhang and undergrowth. It’s holding on to His hand, not knowing what lies ahead.
Pondering and diving into His Word, we may go in thinking we’ll come out the same. This, my friend, is not possible. Not if we really do dive in.
What does God’s Word mean to you?
And let’s be honest, okay? Has it been a *hit-and-miss* with His Word in your life? If we’re being honest (as I suggested) my answer is yes.
In the past, I’ve written about my experiences with Bible reading, study, and prayer. I won’t revisit that now, but only say I’ve started over more times than I could count.
Maybe you are a little like me. I love the Word. I grew up listening to the Word. And, yes, I am forever grateful for His Word. Life gets in the way, though, doesn’t it?
We are busy people. We try to work the Word into our schedule. It seems there are never enough hours in a day. And it gets complicated.
3 things I hope are helpful
- Stop beating yourself up for not living up to any unrealistic expectations of Bible reading you’ve been taught.
- Pray and ask God to give you a love for His Word (a 30-second prayer is all I’m suggesting).
- Find a way to carve out 15 minutes in your day to read His Word (more about this later).
We really have to get this. God IS The Word. Yes, it is the story of His creation and the people He calls His own. It is history, poetry, prophecy, and gospel.
More importantly, His Word is alive.
He is alive in you and me. If He lives in us, then His Word lives in us.
His Word is an epic. It’s a journey through time and we must get a glimpse of the big picture. Start at the beginning. And you don’t have to speed read. You may even need to lay aside the daily reading plans.
Rest in the journey that is His Word.
If you benefit from devotional books, find a good Bible-based devo to encourage your reading and study. If you’re more of a purist (meaning you prefer to simply read the Bible itself) but find yourself struggling to stay connected to The Word, why not try a new translation?
Right now, I’m reading and studying in a *Chronological Study Bible which I’ve owned for a couple of years. I had barely opened it until recently, and am asking myself why I waited so long to dive in.
How are you diving in to His Word?
I said I’d say more about the 15 Minutes a Day. Here’s what I’ve seen happen in my time in His Word.
As I began to practice those three things I shared earlier, I saw my fifteen minutes fly by. The more time I spend in His Word, the dearer it becomes. Be prepared to experience the same.
His Word is a letter to you – written in red, someone once said.
We can be grateful for His letter, our own personal message – written in the red blood of Jesus.
Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant me so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that I may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.¹His Word is more than just an interesting story. He IS The #Word. Click To Tweet
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¹*The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle. © 2000 by Tickle, Incorporated.