Never Too Young To Read Your Bible
It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Read your bible.
If you grew up in a Christian home like I did, how many times was that topic brought up? And yet, so often we can fall into a state of apathy regarding The Word. We turn the bible, in all its complexities, mysteries, and epic battles, into an empty, helpful handbook of advice and what-not-to-dos. So today, girls, I want to challenge you to really read your bible.
It’s time to put your feet in the dirt of the Holy Land.
Why do we take the time to study scripture? There are countless reasons for why it is good to take your time to sit with God’s Word. The most obvious answer is that, yes, the bible does tell us how to live according to God’s holy purpose, as well as identifying our need for Christ as sinners:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16)
It is also an imperishable source of hope, forever pointing our gaze to the salvation that Jesus purchased for us, and His return that we wait longingly for:
“Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled” (Romans 15:4)
Although this list could continue for pages, let me finish with this: the Bible has the ability to wreak havoc in souls, stir up servants of God, and proclaim the truth:
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4:12)
Those are some weighty declarations placed on God’s Word.
Yet we are still tempted as Christians to remain indifferent about the truths that are splayed out in scripture. Having heard the stories repeated in Sunday School, we are no longer shocked by a God who can part the sea, prophecies that were fulfilled in every detail by a man from Nazareth, nor even the grizzly death of God’s perfect son on the cross. Now this is where you need to put your feet in the dirt.
This is a trick that I have learned from Christian authors, Angie Smith and Beth Moore; two inspiring women who encourage an awe of the Word. In their respective works, both Angie and Beth encourage opening your imagination when reading scripture.
This means you place yourself in the scenes that have been caricatured from childhood; you watch in awe as the oceans rise around you and all you see is the darkness of a path to the shore (Exodus 14:21-22), you sit with David as he wails in sorrow, yet continuing to praise the Most High (Psalm 42), and you stand in the crowd as the mob calls for Barabbas to be set free (Mark 12:12-15). Suddenly, the mundane familiarity of God’s Word has been shattered, and its weight comes crashing down.
Regardless of how active your imagination may be, we must be willing to become vulnerable to the truths in scripture so that God can do work in us. If we read and do not hold the truth up against our heart, our hearts will remain unchanged and we will forget the hope and might of our Lord. So find whatever works for you. I know myself and many of my friends enjoy using daily devotionals, taking the time to explore different parts of the bible.
Talk through what you read with your friends – I love bouncing off thoughts and particular points of interest with other Christians. More often than not, they will also have something to add that will give you food for thought. There are also hundreds of commentaries out there that can help you tackle any part of the Bible.
When you next open your bible, or go to your quiet time, remember to stand in awe of the pages that sit in front of you. Pray that you will have new eyes to see whatever God has in store for you in this reading. You never know what piece of understanding God will deliver that you never knew before.
Immerse yourself in the battles, the heartache, the hope, and the greatest love story ever told of a King who has never stopped fighting for His people.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. (Ephesians 1:18)
Books of interest:
Jesus: the One and Only by Beth Moore An invitation to get to know Jesus personally, exploring the book of Luke.
Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent by Beth Moore Beth Moore has written numerous commentaries exploring many books of the Bible. This is only one example.
Trust (On-The-Go Devotionals) by Lydia Brownbac A great devotional that is not dated therefore can just be explored at your own pace. There are other similar titles that deal with Contentment, Joy, and Purity.
Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole by Angie Smith Another undated devotional that looks at one piece of scripture in each devotional and applies it to reconciling our broken human lives with God’s promises.
ExploreA dated 3-month devotional that introduces scripture to the reader and challenges us to become more like Christ.