Studying the Bible is a fundamental practice that you simply cannot afford to skip. God’s Word is power. It is medicine to heal your wounds, and it’s a weapon to fight spiritual battles. If you believe you are “too busy” to study the Bible, then it’s time to reconsider what role, if any, your faith has in your life. Saying you are a Christian who is “too busy” to study the Bible is like saying you are married but “too busy” to live with your spouse. Jesus didn’t call us to warm a pew for an hour on Sundays. God wants a relationship with you, and an integral part of that relationship is getting to know God by studying His Word.
I would like to share a method for studying the Bible that I learned from Tony Evans and Joyce Meyer. Tony Evans taught me that God’s Word needs to be “digested.” We don’t just read it – we “chew on it” and invite it to become a part of who we are. Joyce Meyer taught me that a great way to do this is by really focusing on each word in a passage. Don’t just skim through the words, but really focus on what they mean and how you can apply them to your life.
I recently did this with the following verse and was so blessed by the process that I would like to share it with you. If you are a “big picture” person, you might find this process to be a bit tedious, but I encourage you to follow along, anyhow. Just as I was blessed to read the entire Bible despite being a detail-oriented person, you will be blessed even though this method might not fall within your comfort zone.
Here is the Bible verse we are going to digest together over the next several blog entries:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” ~ Galatians 6:9
For now, read the verse in its entirety. Think about what it means to you, and consider writing down your first impressions. Then, tune in tomorrow as we digest this wonderful verse a little at a time. I promise you – you will be blessed!
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace reading the Bible. Courtesy Bitmoji.]