Recently I was reading a book and I read a quote that struck me. “You could memorize the entire Bible and be able to discuss minute issues of biblical scholarship and yet fail to experience the truths found in its pages” (Seven Realities for Experiencing God: How to Know and Do the Will of God). Reading this book for a second time I am still finding things that stick out so much. I think about myself and how I read the Bible. I began to ask myself am I reading the Bible for the sake of reading and not allowing the Word to transform my life? Am I giving time for God to speak to me through the Word? Am I rushing through the reading each day so I can check it off my little check box?
How often do you stop as you read and let the Word penetrate your heart? I know for me, I often find myself rushing through reading because I have so many other things I need to do that I can not just read and sit. I find that I need to give myself more time, to read and to pray after I read so that I can give time for the Holy Spirit to speak to me and transform my heart. I have over time learned that I did not give myself enough time, so I began to wake up 30 minutes earlier, and now I wonder if I need to wake up ever earlier to give myself the time to allow margin in my day to listen to what God has to say to me.
I wonder what are we doing to allow God to speak to us? Are we being intentional and utilizing resources to guide us in the process? Are we involved in community that is going to challenge us to grow and move and become more than we are? Are we desiring to be transformed or are we afraid of what God might do in us? Just a few thoughts, lets chat!
One idea would be to go through the Seven Realities Book. Click on the link to buy 🙂