Read: Psalm 119:65-72
Consider: How do you feel about spending time reading and meditating on God’s word? Many people find it easy to spend time watching television or reading novels, but find it hard to devote time to understanding the Bible.
The psalmist talks about God’s law being more precious to him than wealth (thousands of pieces of silver and gold). If you’ve struggled with reading the Bible, I would suggest a possible way forward is to use Bible reading notes, or a reading plan to help you. Insight into the Bible can only come if you are prepared to spend time on it. Set aside a particular time each day (if possible be consistent) and start with a verse or short passage of scripture. Pray before you start that God will help you to understand the meaning of what you are reading, together with the implication(s) for you in your particular circumstances. One thing I have always found beneficial is to write down in a notebook what you believe God is saying to you. This can help you when you reflect on it at a later date. I would also suggest that you briefly pray after your reading, asking God for the courage to put into practice what you have learned.
I read recently about a well-known Christian speaker and writer who shared that when he initially came to God’s word he expected to see all the hidden meanings within five to ten minutes of beginning to think about it. What he found through experience was that the longer he spent in God’s word, the more implications he saw. What happened was that the Bible became precious to him because he was excited by what he was learning and the more he was excited, the more time he was willing to spend. I suppose this could be seen as a ‘virtuous circle’.
The question for us today must be ‘Is God’s word precious to you?’
Pray: Father, give us a willingness to look into your word and give us an excitement to spend time with you. May you reveal the meaning and implications of what we are reading and give us the courage to put what we learn into practice. Amen