I’m one of those people who felt that I needed to read the bible all the way through, once I became a Christian. So I did. It took me a year, but I made it all the way through that book. Even through Numbers and Kings and other really boring parts. But aside from feeling like I had accomplished something, I didn’t get much else out of it.
Instead, as the years went on, I became less familiar with the bible and the words in it. I flip through to certain verses when I need to reference something now and then. And if I’m reading something else, a devotional or another book, I will see a verse and then go read the words around that verse in the bible.
But I haven’t spent time IN the word. I haven’t STUDIED the word.
I’ve read it. I’ve even highlighted parts. But I haven’t really studied it. And I feel like I’m hungry for that. It’s not a hangry, I need it now or I’ll pass out sort of hungry. It’s a subtle rumbling sort of hunger. It’s as if God has this really delicious treat that I didn’t know I wanted until I smelled it. And now, I’m really craving it.
I think I read through the bible all the way because as a new believer, I didn’t know how to approach the Word of God.
It is kind of intimidating. It is very long, and can be difficult to understand. I heard someone say that the bible is just a collection of stories, like short history stories. I kept that in mind when I read it and it helped.
Now, however, I want to dive in deep. I want to take the words and verses into my hand and turn them over and over and examine them closely to see how they work in my life. I want to plant them in my mind and let their roots grow deep down into my heart where they can turn the soil of my spirit over and keep it fresh and alive. Yeah, that’s what I want.
I think I’ll start with John. I heard someone say that was a good place to start.
I’ve spent a lot of time in Proverbs and Psalms because those really hit close to home. But now, I think it’s time to take the journey. It’s time to start with John and let him lead me into the pages of the best story ever written.
I’m looking forward to learning from this. I’m looking forward to studying God’s word. I’m looking forward to reading the story with new eyes. And don’t worry. If you haven’t read it, I won’t tell you how it ends.