Tips for remaining in God’s word daily
Life is busy and full of distractions. When is the last time you sat down to read a book? Chances are, even if you’d like to read, finding the time and determination to do it is hard. This can especially be true with reading the Bible. Reading the Bible often requires more focus and energy when trying to understand and apply it to our lives. But we’ve been instructed to remain in God’s Word, and we know that by doing so we are blessed.
God’s Word brings light to our lives and helps us navigate the world around us. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
Here are two key ways to keep God’s Word a light to your path on a daily basis.
Hide God’s Word in your heart. Has there ever been a time when you wish you knew more passages or could remember a specific verse? The Psalmist in Psalm 119 internalized God’s Word by meditation, delight, and memorization. He wrote, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (v. 11). Sometime we simply won’t have the chance to read our Bible, but we still need it to inform our lives of passages to share with a friend. In days past people would memorize passages, even entire chapters or sections of the Bible. If we want to hide God’s Word in our hearts we should internalize it like the Psalmist did.
Start with one verse, write it several times, put memory cards around your home, and work on reciting it to yourself, a family member, or friend. Soon it will be written in your heart, like the lyrics to your favorite song. By internalizing Scripture you will obey God’s command: “My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh” (Proverbs 7:2-3).
Read God’s Word with others. In 1 Timothy 4:13, Jesus instructs us in the following way, “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” Following Christ is not something we can do in isolation. In order to truly flourish we need each other. This holds true when it comes to reading and understanding God’s Word too. There are several ways we can explore God’s word with others. You can choose to do it with one friend, your partner, or in a group setting. Studying God’s word in community will help you see and understand God’s Word in new ways, it will motivate and inspire you, and it will hold you accountable.
We find fulfillment in life as we make God’s Word a priority. For as Deuteronomy 8:3 says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” What a gift that we have God’s Word and the freedom to read it! May we never take it for granted.
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