If I told you that there is a habit you can cultivate that will transform your soul would you be interested?
In a previous post, I shared that God is the ultimate Author, and our story is a subplot in His story. I also shared that a correct understanding of God is vital to embracing our story.
Getting to Know Him
But how do you develop a correct understanding of God? The answer is simple. You have to get to know Him. But how do you do that?
How did you get to know your spouse, your children, your friends? The answer is easy; you spent time with them. It is no different with God. If you want to get to know Him, you have to spend quality time with Him.
Two essential ways we can do that are through reading and studying the Bible, and through prayer. Today we will talk about knowing Him through His written Word.
Let me start by saying there are many Bible translations and countless books written on how to understand the Bible. However, in this post, I’m not going to try to teach you how to study the Bible or even which translation to use. Rather I want to talk about knowing God intimately.
Why We Read The Bible
Tim Keller says, “People have more information about God than they have experiences with Him…”
We can read the Bible for knowledge – to learn about God, and that’s good. I encourage you to do that. But knowing the Bible is one thing, knowing the Author is another.
We can know the Author in a profound and intimate way. To do that I recommend that you set aside time every day to spend in His Word with Him.
Personally, I prefer mornings. As Lysa Turkeust says, “We need to share whispers with God before shouts with the world.”
But I Don’t Have Time
Now I understand that a morning quiet time doesn’t work for everyone. Ultimately the time of day is not as important as just keeping your appointment to be alone with Him.
If you feel like you don’t have any time in your day to set aside to be alone with Him, you might want to try using the First 5 app. It allows you to give the first five minutes of your day to God. The truth is, the length of your quiet time is between you and God. You can start with as little as five minutes if that is all you have and build on that until you arrive at a time that seems right. The quality of the time is far more important than the quantity.
“Instead you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night.” Psalm 1:2 (MSG)
I Don’t Know How
Next, find a spot where you won’t be distracted. Turn your electronic devices off (unless of course, you are using a Bible app). So, you have settled on the time and the place, now what?
To keep your quiet time fresh, you will want to vary it from day to day.
One suggestion is reading conversationally. What do I mean by that? Simply this, pick a small passage or chapter to read and as you read it ask Jesus questions. For example; Jesus what is one thing you want me to learn about you in this chapter? Ask Him to give you a clear understanding and perspective.
For more ideas on the “how to,” I highly recommend “4 Small Words” By Jarrett Stevens. You also might want to read, “Personal Bible Study Methods” by Rick Warren and “Savoring God’s Word” by Jan Johnson.
Spending time in God’s Word is soul transforming. It will change you from the inside out. As you spend time getting to know Him better, you will also discover that you begin to understand your story. And in so doing you will learn to embrace it.
Do you spend time regularly reading God’s Word? If so, how has it made a difference in your life? If you like this post, please share it with your friends.