Are you reading the Bible regularly? Are you in God’s Word?
I used to think my daily verse of the day on my phone was enough. Or the perpetual calendar on my desk, that has a verse a day, would fill my needs. Even the verses hung around my home should be enough to sustain me when temptation, hardship, struggles, or pain hit me in the day. They aren’t enough. They are good. They are wonderful reminders in my day. They refocus me. They are worth having in my life. Yet, when the storms of life hit – they are not enough.
Spending time in God’s Word doesn’t mean you have a notebook and a Bible and a study Bible and a special concordance. It can mean that. If you love a deep study in God’s Word, go for it. For most of us, time in God’s Word is our warm beverage of choice and a Bible. We read, we reflect, we process, we pray, and we are better for it. These days, life is harder than it used to be for everyone. It truly is. A “quick fix” in God’s Word isn’t going to keep us going. We need concentrated time in God’s Word. This doesn’t mean you read more verses, it means you are spending more time reflecting on what you read, who God is, and what He may be teaching you about Him or yourself. Some days, I read one verse. I will sit in that verse for 30 minutes – just sipping tea and processing with God. Other days, I want to do a deep dive into a section of scripture. Both provide me with what I’m seeking – focusing my heart, soul, and mind on God and God alone. This focused time gets me in a frame of mind to face the world with God leading.
Honestly, these days we all have more time. Let’s use it wisely. As the world opens up more and more each day, make sure you only add back those things that bring value and energy to your life. Carefully restructure your day. I don’t have time each morning for a long focused time with God. I work early or I needed to sleep more. I do have time several days a week. I remember when I was in Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), we had a speaker say “it’s a season of life when you just don’t have a lot of time with God.” She was wrong. One of our mentor moms agreed with me and told our group, “you find time with God whenever you can. You can’t get through this season of raising babies without God.” Those days a desk calendar of verses was my sustenance. However, there were days when I could do more and I never regretted the times I chose to. Schedule God on your calendar. Make Him your first appointment of the day or your last appointment before bed. Get God on your calendar.
Life isn’t going to get easier. It just isn’t. Without a discipline of reading God’s Word and reflecting, you will struggle more than you need to.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. ~ Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17
You will find rest for your soul when you come to Him. You will understand and learn from Him. God’s Word – teaches, rebukes, correct, trains, and equips. We aren’t equipped for all that the day holds unless we are doing it with God. If we invite Him into our day, we will find rest and we will be equipped. Those are powerful truths. Many days I’m tired. God provides me with rest when I come to Him. Some days I feel like everything is beyond my grasp. God provides me with teaching, rebuking, correcting, training, and equipping. Wow!
Get into His Word. Be with Him as many days a week as you can. Read His Word. It’s one of His best ways to speak to us. Let’s listen.
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