AMPLIFY: God's Word
Lesson 8: The Word at Work
Lesson 8, Devotion 1
Let's get it out of the way right now, shall we? Let's cut right to the chase on the front end of this thing.
When you hear the words "Bible study" or "Quiet time" what thoughts come to mind? How would you describe your reaction? Seriously. Don't just pass this by. Take a moment and look ar the choices below. When you think of spending time reading your Bible, what response best applies to how you feel?
____ I get pretty pumped about it.
____ It's Ok, I guess.
____ No reaction really at all. Kind of like . . . blah.
____ I'm pretty turned off. Overwhelmed. Bored. I just don't get it.
So, here's the deal: Starting out here is not a bad place, no matter what your response was. The important thing is that you actually think about your attitude toward the Bible and that you consider doing something about it.
Think about this:
Do this over the next few days. (For real.) Ask God to work on you and your attitude toward knowing the Bible better. Ask Him to awaken a desire in you to actually WANT to meet Him in the pages of the Bible. And ask with the expectancy that He will do it.
Lesson 8, Devotion 2
"As the deer pants of streams of water, so my soul pants for you O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?" Psalms 42:1-2
What does this verse have to do with God's Word you ask? Good question.
A healthy approach to God's Word starts with a love for God. See, you have to value God before you can begin to have a positive, joyful approach to digging into the Bible. Knowing God has to be important to you. But it also has to be more than just gaining knowledge of God.
Look how the psalmist talks about his feelings toward God. He says that he loves God the way a thirsty deer loves water. The deer loves the water because it is life! If the deer don't get to the stream, it dies. Do you look at God that way? Do you desire Him so badly that not being with Him feels like or death situation? Something to think about, isn't it?
But the real takeaway here is the question in verse 2. "Where can I go to meet God?" What a question! And the answer for us is why we're talking about these verses in the first place. God's Word, the Bible, is the main way God has chosen for us to be able to encounter Him. It's the pathway He gives us to use to meet Him.
We have to reframe the way we think about Bible study. We have to stop seeing it as a habit, a chore, or a check-box that "good Christians" must check off each day. We have to begin to see it as an opportunity to meet God face-to-face!
Your challenge is to begin to change the way you think about the Bible. Knowing God is important. And His Word, the Bible, is the best way for us to grow closer to Him. Let that sink in this week as you go through watch day.
We have to reframe the way we think about Bible studay
Lesson 8, Devotion 3
Read this quote and meditate on it today:
"The Bible is alive, it speaks to me. It had feet; it runs after me. It has hands, it lays hold on me." - - Martin Luther
Can you say that you think of the Bible in this way or in similar terms? Or is it more of just a "thing" to you, an app on your phone, or a dusty book under your bed?
Pray that God would help you see how meaningful His Word can be in your life. Be open to the Spirit's leading in this area.