Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement…
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
The purpose of a car is to primarily provide transportation. Hence if you purchase one, keep it in your garage, and do not use it for transportation, you will not benefit from the pleasure, convenience, and comfort in using it. Similarly, if you have a Bible and do not read it, you will not receive most of the blessings within. Likewise, if you read it mindlessly or treat it like an ordinary book with fascinating stories, you will not experience the power of God or his Words being fulfilled in your life. The apostle Paul wrote, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
The story is recorded that God told Elijah to show himself to King Ahab and he would send rain on the land (1 Kings 18:1). Elijah obeyed but there was no rain. He prayed and asked his servant to go and look toward the sea for signs of rain. His servant returned and told him “No.” Elijah told him to go back seven times before it finally rained (1 Kings 18:41-44). God waits until we exercise sufficient faith in his Word before he acts. He knows the amount of faith he wants from each of us. Therefore, if God has laid something on your heart, keep praying, believing, and giving thanks until you receive it. He watches to see that his Word is fulfilled (Jeremiah 1:12).
The notion of exercising faith is not new to us, we do it everyday, subconsciously and consciously. For example, when you sit in your favorite chair, you are believing that it will hold your weight and not fall apart. Or when you go shopping and park in the parking lot, you have the confidence that the car will be there when you return. We are all experts at exercising faith in worldly matters but not concerning spiritual issues. Hence, God is asking us to have faith in his Word and believe that he will do what he promised. When we believe in God’s Word, Jesus responds favorably to our faith (Matthew 21:22). The result is that shackles are broken, problems are solved, the impossible becomes possible, and miracles happen (Jeremiah 32:17).
The question then arises, how should we approach the Bible when reading it?
- Believe that the Bible is God’s Word.
- Recognize that every time you read the Bible, God is speaking to you.
- Examine your intentions and ask these questions, why am I reading the Bible today? What are my spiritual needs? What is God saying to me?
- Begin with prayer and ask the Lord to reveal his message to you.
- Choose a book and read a small section each day, for example, a chapter or part of it.
- Maintain your focus as you read and do not be distracted. You will have a better understanding of what God is saying to you.
- Write down the insights you receive.