Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (ESV) - Colossians 3:16
“Blessed is the one … whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” - Psalm 1:1-2
If you’re going to engage daily with God’s Word, you’ll need a plan. In our Day Four Reflection this week, we’ll provide some tips on Scripture meditation and memorization. But today, we’ll focus on developing a daily plan for reading and applying God’s Word.
When I was a senior in high school, the Lord began to stir my heart for Him. I remember waking up early each morning at sunrise, heading to my favorite lounge chair, and spending time reading the Bible and journaling. In many ways I didn’t know how to read the Bible, but God was gracious. Even on days when I fell back asleep in the chair, I still remember a growing love and excitement for God in His Word.
In college, I remember listening to multiple sermons each week. I couldn’t get enough. My practice of Bible reading took on a whole new dimension as I learned and studied the deeper layers of God’s Word. It was amazing! In seminary, however, while my knowledge of Scripture increased my love for it seemed to wane. God was teaching me I could gain Scriptural knowledge but not actually have my heart open to God and his transforming love and power. That’s a hard lesson to learn.
Since those years, I have approached the Scriptures in many different ways. I listen to the Old Testament narrative books on my phone, memorizing chunks at a time. I read large portions in one sitting, prayerfully meditating on very small sections as I read them over and over (often a Psalm). And I use great study tools like BibleHub. Each of these have been especially meaningful for me in different seasons of my life.
But, regardless of the approach, we must remember two things. First, having a consistent plan will help yield spiritual fruit in your life, and having variety in that plan can be very helpful. Second, spending time in God’s Word is not about checking a box or simply gaining knowledge. Rather, it’s time we get to meet with God!
Here are some important elements to consider in creating a plan:
Answer the questions below and write down any other thoughts and prayers to God in your Life in Rhythm journal.
Every day you'll have an opportunity to "go deeper" into God's Word by practicing the REAP study method. Read the following scripture and use your journal and the REAP method to unpack the following scripture and apply it to your life.