by Kim Cassady
The last time I wrote for Monday Musings, it was about stimulating your daily reading of the Bible, a way to add new interest and joy in the process. This writing is about the same subject. From last time, the key, based on guidance from Pastor Jeff, is to read the passage three times. After each reading ask yourself a question and then pray about it. The questions are, First: “What do the words of scripture mean?” Second: “How can I use this scripture in my life?” Third: “How does this scripture make me feel?” If this isn’t enough to disrupt the tedium and add new life to your reading of scripture, here are two more suggestions.
Do you view the Bible as a history book or perhaps a tome of biographies? Instead, consider it a communication from God (which it is). “…the word of God is living and active.” (Hebrews 4:12). It is the best source to get to know God and Jesus personally – who they are, what they think, what is their personality, their character. Just like getting to know a neighbor or new church member, ask “What does this say about who God is?” “Why did He handle this situation the way He did?” “What characteristic motivated Him to act as He did?” “What new insight did I get as to who He really is?” Talk to your Bible like God were sitting across from you (which He is). Imagine how He would respond to your questions and comments. As it says in Hebrews, “…the word of God is living and active.” It’s amazing how God and Jesus will become your friends after a few weeks of this. You will begin to really commune with the Living God.
If you’re uncomfortable talking to your Bible, here is another list of questions to ask as you read a passage (unfortunately I do not remember the source for these):
- Is there an example for me to follow?
- Is there a command for me to obey?
- Is there an error for me to avoid?
- Is there any sin for me to forsake?
- Is there any promise for me to claim?
- Is there any thought about God Himself?
Hopefully, some or all of these suggestions will help keep you involved in regular Bible reading and make that reading enticing so you don’t want to put the book down. Give them a try.