Date: Thursday, June 26
Scripture: Hebrews 4:11-16
Verse: because God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates to the point that it separates the soul from the spirit and the joints from the marrow. It’s able to judge the heart’s thoughts and intentions. (Hebrews 4:12)
We read all the time, and if we were to read everything the same, it would get awfully confusing. We know we cannot read a street sign the same way we read a novel. We have become adept at knowing the difference between reading a news report and an advertisement or opinion piece. When researching for a paper or presentation, we have learned to discern between trustworthy sources and unreliable ones. Our brain makes shifts in processing based on what we are reading. Are we looking for facts, humor, information, opinion, or something else?
When we read the Bible, we would be wise to learn to read with different eyes. We are not reading simply to fill our heads with information, to form opinions, or anything else. While those things are important, we also must read asking the living word to speak to us. In other words, we are reading to get in touch with God, allowing the words of the Bible to penetrate us, to show us something about ourselves and our walk with God.
Maybe you struggle with Bible reading, unsure you are understanding what you are reading, wishing you understood more about context, and wanting more guidance from the footnotes. When that happens, don’t stop reading. Remember, you are not reading for comprehension, you are reading to give God the ability to pierce your heart with his living word.
Prayer: Thank you, O God, for the gift of the Bible. Speak to me as I read. Amen.
Action: Continue reading that book of the Bible we talked about on Monday, praying God will speak to you through it.
Respond: How does Bible reading change us?
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