On January 1, I started a new devotional book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Many people have read this popular book and recommended it to me. I was excited to receive it as a Christmas gift, and I saved it until January 1st so that I could start at the beginning and dedicate an entire year to it. So far, it is everything I expected it to be, and more.
But what happens when you don't have a best-selling book as your daily devotional guide? I found myself in that situation last year. I was in between "official" Bible study groups, floating adrift. I wanted to read my Bible on a daily (or at least regular) basis, but I wasn't sure where to start. I tried one book, and then another, but nothing captivated me.
I searched online. I found incredible material, but to be completely honest, I feel distracted when I'm online. I'm not really quiet, really searching, or really listening. I get inspired, for sure, but because I start to feel that multi-tasking energy take over whenever my computer is open, online reading alone is not enough for me.
I kept looking, trying to find that perfect resource. Then I had a wild thought. Why not just read the best selling book of ALL time?! The Bible.
Can I really do that? Can I read the Bible without a guide? Can I just open it up and read and get something out of it? Uhm - hello! Yes! People have been doing it for centuries. Still, too intimidated to start with Genesis 1, I gave myself permission to jump around. I picked short books, and read a chapter a day, Ruth, Jonah, Ecclesiastes, 1 and 2 Timothy. As I read, I wrote down whatever came to mind. I often found my mind sparked in new ways, and I felt so refreshed just reading His Word, on my own.
In 2 Timothy, I read something which solidified all these thoughts for me.
"All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
2 Tim 3:16-17.
I immediately thought of the verse which inspired me to start this blog, "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10.
And then I wrote in my journal, So to be ready to do the good works, we need to study Scripture.
Maybe it is as simple as that.
What do you think? Is Bible study important? How do you do it?
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