The ocean fascinates me. It’s so big and mysterious. It’s full of life and surprises. Sometimes it’s calm. Sometimes it’s fierce. But it’s always beautiful. Probably what I love most about the ocean is that no matter how many times I visit it, it never ceases to amaze me.
The Bible is a lot like the ocean. Like the ocean, the Bible is big and mysterious. It’s full of life and surprises. You could read the Bible every single day for the rest of your life and still never unveil all of its beauty and mystery. The Bible never ceases to amaze.
And the crazy thing is that we get to plunge its depths.
Here’s four steps you can take to dive deeper into Scripture.
#1 Read The Bible For Understanding
The Bible is God’s revelation. In it God reveals to us who He is and what He’s like. It’s like a personal letter to each of us from God Himself. So we should read the Bible to understand who God is.
There is a big difference in knowing someone and knowing about someone.
If you’ve you’re a fan of shows like TMZ or Entertainment Tonight, then you know a lot about celebrities. Who they’re dating. Where they’re hanging out. But you would never act as if you know them. There’s no personal connection. No conversation.
But it’s different with your spouse. It’s different with your children. It’s different with your close friends or siblings. Because there is a personal connection. A conversation. You open up and allow them into your space and they do the same for you.
You know each other.
That’s what the Bible makes possible between us and God. He opens up. He reveals Himself to us so that we can know Him.
#2 Read The Bible For Inspiration
Have you ever experienced something so great that it had a lasting impact on your life? Something that literally shaped who you are? Something that changed the trajectory of your life?
Maybe it was a compelling film. Maybe it was a moving song. Or maybe it was a breath-taking landscape. Something so great that it stuck a chord deep within your soul and shaped you as an individual?
That’s what should happen each time we encounter the word of God.
We read the Bible to know God. But the more we come to know God the more we have to stand in awe of God. And the more our lives must be shaped by God.
When you come to the Scriptures, come with an open heart. An open mind. And a willingness to be shaped by the truth of God’s word.
#3 Read The Bible Devotionally
Have you ever tried to learn a new language? Right now I’m podcasting Coffee Break Espanol, trying to get a command on basic conversational Spanish.
Learning a new language is hard. But not impossible. With the right amount of time and the right amount of consistency you can do it. But it takes discipline. It takes devotion.
The same can be said of learning the Scriptures.
For a lot of people reading the Bible is like learning a new language–even though it’s translated into plain English. That’s because the world of the Bible is so different from our world today. The customs are different. The technology is different. Even the locations and landscapes are different.
I remember when I first started reading the Bible on a regular basis. There was so much I didn’t understand. There was so much that I found confusing. But I kept reading. I asked a lot of questions to a lot of people who knew more than me. I read helpful resources that gave me insight and direction. But most importantly I kept on reading.
Over time I began to have a greater understanding and command of Scripture. Even today I’m continuing to grow in my understanding of God’s word.
But it takes devotion. Get into the habit of spending time each day reading God’s word.
#4 Read The Bible For Life Application
The more confidence you have in who you are, the more clarity you have in what you should do with your life.
As we allow God’s word to shape who we are, we become prepared to be men and women God is calling us to be.
That’s why we should read the Bible for life application. Because God’s word shapes who we are and what we do.
We should walk away from God’s word each day compelled to live differently.
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