WEEK 4, DAY 1: Engage with God’s Word – Part I
For some, reading through the Bible on a regular basis is normal. They wake up, grab a cup of coffee, and engage with God’s Word for 15-30 minutes and then spend some time journaling before entering into the rest of the day.
For others, reading through the Bible on a regular basis is challenging. Some of the responses I (Pastor Justin) regularly hear from others about the things getting in the way of engaging with the Scriptures regularly include:
- “I don’t have enough time.”
- “It doesn’t make sense.”
- “I don’t even know where to start.”
- “It’s not relevant to my life.”
What’s interesting is that the majority of those who do engage with the Scriptures on a regular basis started out with the same kinds of thoughts. But as they began to engage with the Bible regularly, they began to see that they do have time for the things most important to them. And while they weren’t sure where to start, the more they read, the more God spoke to them, the more the Bible began to make sense, and the more they were able to see how relevant it is to their life.
READING & JOURNALING:
On a scale of 1-10, how well do you engage with God’s Word? (This means not just reading it, but dwelling on it, talking about it with others, journaling your thoughts, memorizing it, etc.)
What, if anything, is currently getting in the way of you being able (or willing) to engage with the Scriptures regularly?
Heavenly Father, I confess that I often make weak excuses for not spending time in Your Word. Like all people, I know that I have time for the things in which I make time. When I choose not to make time for You, it’s because I’m putting something else ahead of You. This week, I commit to engage with Your Word for at least (3, 4, 5, or more) days. As I do so, I pray that You reveal something new to me each day. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Proverbs 1 & 2
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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