Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.
“Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes and I will keep it to the end (33). Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart (34). Lead me in the path of your commandments for I delight in it (35). Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to my selfish gain (36). Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things, and give me life in your ways (37).” - Psalm 119:33-37 (ESV)
We learn from the Bible that obedience to God’s Word doesn’t come naturally. It’s something we learn (v.33). We also learn that we need to ask God to give us understanding of His Word so we can become more obedient to Him (v.34). We can find joy whenever we walk on God’s path (v.35) but it requires a conscientious effort to turn away from caring more about ourselves than God’s Word (v.36). And renewal isn’t a church program, it is God’s promise to those who spend time in His Word (v.37).
Daily Bible Engagement is an essential rhythm that helps us grow in our relationship with God through knowing and understanding His Word. I love to interact with God’s Word by reading a passage, writing down the facts, and then gleaning its principles, teachings and directions. After I do that, I turn those learnings into questions so I can assess how my life lines up with what I’ve read in Scripture. How teachable am I? Have I asked God to give me an understanding of His Word? What joy will I miss if I don’t bother to read and follow God’s direction for my life? Am I willing to prioritize my time in order to spend it in God’s Word? Do I want renewal by spending time in God’s Word? God is always faithful to reveal something: a promise I can rest in, a sin I need to confess, or a comfort I can receive.
Most of all, I remember to ask God’s Spirit to give me the power to obey His Word. “God, as I study your Word, I want to have a teachable spirit. Please forgive my know-it-all attitude that prevents me from hearing from You. As I become a student of your Word, eager to hear from You, please open my mind to understand and obey Scripture that I might have a renewed life which is unselfish, and full of joy and worthwhile pursuits. Please reveal anything I am pursuing that is not worthwhile and increase my desire for what IS worthwhile.”
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.