walk in the word
Category: God’s Word
This might be a new concept to you but I promise it’s not some mystical, weird thing. Jeremiah 15:16 says, “[God’s] words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart.”
God refers to His Word as consumable, i.e., milk (1 Peter 2:2) meat (Hebrews 5:12-14) and bread (John 6:33). So the idea of eating God’s Word is not really that strange. What food is to our bodies, Scripture is to our souls. So here’s the thing you need to do if you want to feed your soul with God’s Word: You need to read it.
“But it has hundreds of pages. Where should I start?”
I hear that so often that I decided to check the page count on the Bibles I own. They average around 1,400 pages. So think of the Bible as two big books or four to five regular-sized books. Studies indicate that the Bible takes about seventy hours to read out loud. Most people read a little faster than that, but the Bible is not a book you want to read quickly anyway.
In keeping with the food thing, think of your Bible as your favorite dessert—take a bite or two and put the spoon down—a good way to make sure you are comprehending the power of what you are reading. If you read it for twelve minutes a day, or one and a half hours per week, you would have no problem finishing the Bible in a year, and you would be so incredibly blessed you would want to start all over again the next year. Reading the Bible is really not as intimidating as most people make it.
As for where to start, I have always recommended that people begin in the Gospel of John—the fourth book in the New Testament and the fourth eyewitness account of Jesus’ life. As you read slowly through this Gospel, stop to underline the word believe every time you see it and ask yourself: believe what? Or believe whom?
After you get done reading the Gospel of John, go to the small books of 1, 2, and 3 John almost at the end of the New Testament. Then look at another Gospel—Matthew, Mark, or Luke. You’ll get some of the same information, but from a different perspective. That’ll keep you busy for a while.
Before you begin your reading each day, pray. Ask the Lord to open your mind and heart to His truth and then believe that He will. Don’t lie down when you read the Bible—it’s not a magazine or a dime-store novel. If you use a serious posture, you’ll get a serious result. Remember, God wrote this book and if you give it the respect it deserves, it will rock your world in an incredible way.
I know you’ve got fifteen minutes. Pull yourself up to the dinner table and feed your soul.
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