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Have you ever sat down to read your Bible, and after reading over a passage had the thought, “I have no idea what I just read or why it’s important in my everyday life.” Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s sometimes very difficult to read an ancient text that was written to an ancient people in an ancient culture who lived very different lives than we do.
But just because a passage may be difficult to understand, it doesn’t mean there isn’t tremendous value in the text. Slowly but surely, through reading, study, prayer, and discernment, you’ll glean new and valuable insights from the text. These new insights will continually help you to know the heart of God.
Next time you read a passage that seems difficult to understand and apply to your life, study it out in greater detail. What did the text mean to the original people who read it? How did it impact their view of God and themselves? Through ongoing reading, study, prayer, and discernment, you’ll come to place more and more value on the Scriptures. And as you do, you’ll also grow in helping others value them too.
READING & JOURNALING:
On a scale of 1-10, how much would you say you value the Scriptures?
In what ways may this impact your ability to make disciples?
Heavenly Father, there are some Bible passages I know by heart, but I confess there are others that are sometimes confusing. Help me to grow in valuing all of the Scriptures, as it all comes from You. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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