What better way to start Lent than diving into the Bible headfirst, learning about our God through The Greatest Love Story Ever Told? Anna takes over for Day 2 of Lent...
Have you read any good books recently? Reading is lovely, we can lose ourselves in the pages of a book, immersing ourselves in the story line and allowing our imaginations to come alive. Yet there is one book that’s unlike any you’ll find on the shelves at Waterstones. It’s the book that God wrote.
The foundation for making every day count is reading the Bible. Reading the Bible is the primary way we can hear God and get to know and love him better. If we desire to live our lives with a purpose, then the best place to start is by building our lives upon God’s word.
Here are some of the ways reading the Bible will enable us to make every day count:
1. The Bible exposes us and REVEALS our need:
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)
2. The Bible EQUIPS us:
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
3. The Bible GUIDES us:
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105)
If you’re anything like me you might be feeling a bit discouraged at this point. You understand that reading the Bible is important and after watching the video you desperately want to enjoy reading your Bible and yet, you find it hard.
I know that there have been many mornings (and I suspect that there will be many more) when I’ve chosen to spend an extra 15 minutes in bed rather than reading my Bible. The video is right when it tells us that “discipline and resolve” will only get us so far.
Setting an early alarm won’t change our Bible reading forever. It’s our attitude that must ultimately change. We need to recognise just how life changing God’s words are and how much we need God’s Word in order to make every day count.
But remember that we can’t do this in our own strength! We need the help of the Holy Spirit to read our Bible. Before reading the Bible be praying that the Holy Spirit might help you to steadily read God’s Word and that you might love, learn from and live out what you read.
I find that using Bible reading notes really helps me to get the most out of reading the Bible. Bible reading notes help me to notice things that I might not notice on my own and they swerve me from falling into the trap of reading in what I want to hear from the Bible rather than reading out what God has to say to me.
Let’s be praying that we might be girls who enjoy building our lives upon God’s word in order to be “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
- Praise God that he ‘wrote a book’ and ask that he would give us the will, the desire, to not only read it but obey it too.
Make time to read your Bible. Enjoy the time you spend with God as you read His word and learn more about Him – remember, “Reading the Bible is one of the most important things we can ever do.” Not only will it equip us to live each day with a purpose but it will also prepare us for our eternity with Jesus.
- Spend some time thanking God that we have access to the whole Bible – (“pages and pages of God!") and that we can read it whenever and wherever we like.
- Pray for the Christians around the world who don’t have access to a Bible and for those living in countries where reading the Bible has to be done in secret.
Anna is from Cambridge and is in her second year at the University of York where she is studying English and History of Art. She loves being a part of two great church families – Christ Church Cambridge and Trinity Church York. Daffodils, catching up with friends and the long summer holidays are a few of her favourite things!