Reading your Bible can be intimidating. With over 900 english translations and paraphrases, and most of them being over 1000 pages long, it’s no wonder so many people purchase the book but never spend the time to actually read it. But allow me to ask you a question: “If I claim to be a Christ follower, but have not allowed His teachings to impact my life, am I really following Him?” St. Jerome who is most known for his translation of the Bible into Latin said it this way; “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”
The Bible consists of 66 books written over 100’s of years from Moses around 1450 BC to John around 95 AD. The Bible is written by 40 different authors, in 3 different languages, on 3 continents yet we see that it is completely trustworthy, without fault, and is sufficient for teaching us how to live our life for God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 explains, “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. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
Evidence can be found all over the world that supports the claim of this book being inspired, infallible, and inerrant. From the 25,000+ archaeological sites that have been confirmed to the amazing insights such as what is found in Job 26:7 being proven; “God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.”
Many of us believe that this book is awesome, but yet we don’t take the time to allow it to speak into our lives. Between now and Easter, let’s start to make this book part of our everyday lives. Let’s follow the example found in Deuteronomy 6:6-9:
And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
The SoHills family was challenged Sunday to begin to allow God to speak through His Word by using the Swedish Method while we read.
💡 Draw a lightbulb when something shines out in the passage and draws attention to you the reader.
❓ Draw a question mark when something is hard to understand or when the passage raises questions you would like to ask God or the author.
-> Drawn an arrow when something applies to your personal life.
Begin today. Dust off your Bible, open it to the book of John, Ephesians, Galatians, or maybe Romans and allow God’s Word to speak. Then talk with someone, compare notes, and maybe even share on this post what God’s Word is saying and how it applies to your life today.