Lesson 2: Read It!

How to Delight in God’s Word — Read It!

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I know it sounds pretty obvious to say “you can’t delight in God’s word unless you read it”, but this was something I was quick at understanding and slow at applying. I remember when I was a new believer,  there were many weeks that I’d hunt for my Bible Saturday night (so I could be ready for church on Sunday) and fine it left in my car from the previous Sunday. It was no surprise I wasn’t enjoying or delighting in the Bible, because I was not reading it.

After I began to schedule a daily time with God (to pray and read his word) . . .  slowly .  . . over time. . . my quiet time was transformed. It wasn’t a chore, but instead it became a pleasure and privilege.

Joshua 1:8: “8Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

God tells us to read, meditate and ‘do’, which will be the next three things we’ll be focusing on in order to delight in God’s Word. But, what’s exciting is that this comes with a promise you can claim and that is that “then you will be prosperous and successful.” This prosperity and success could be manipulated by many to mean a guarantee of worldly power or wealth, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Following God’s wisdom can lead to financial blessing, but this is not a promise, instead as we read, meditate and do, God’s fruit will spring forth in or lives and we will have an abundance of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control (Gal. 5:22).

Another key to success in reading the Bible is finding a translation that is understandable by you. I know many people have gotten overwhelmed by the King James Bible and yet, others enjoy the prose and wording. This is important to find a Bible that you will regularly use, perhaps a study Bible, Devotional Bible, Audio Bible, etc. The key is choose a Bible that you enjoy reading, while being mindful to not choose a ‘paraphrase’ version as your primary Bible.

Acts 17:11 (NLT) “11And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to check up on Paul and Silas, to see if they were really teaching the truth.”

We need to follow the Bereans two part example the first is to approach God’s Word with eagerness and enthusiasm. It’s important to have enthusiasm for God’s Word and look forward to learning more about and hearing from Him. Second is that they tested what they were taught by others to see if it was the truth according to the Scriptures. There is nothing wrong with learning from Bible Teachers or Books, but it’s important to check and double-check what is taught to make sure it lines up with what the Bible says.

Avoid the attitude that Bible study is a burden and something you can never miss or you will not learn to enjoy it. Satan will attack you if you miss a day and tell you you’re a failure, that God doesn’t love you and a bunch of other lies, because that is what he is — a great big liar. Then you’ll be discouraged and want to stop studying the Bible altogether.

1 Peter 5:8-9 “8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

Satan wants to destroy us, and there is nothing he wants more than to keep believers away from the power that is in God’s word. So If you have not been studying the bible be aware that you may face trials and difficulties as you begin this discipline.

James 1:2-3: “2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

These trials are a necessary part of the maturing process.

So we all need to make reading the Bible a priority, but you also need to give yourself Grace whenever you miss time studying and just pick up wherever your at.

Avoid viewing the Bible as a rule book full of Do’s and Don’ts or you won’t delight in it.

I once heard the statement in regard to parenting that “Rules without Relationship equals Rebellion”. It’s the same with the Bible, if we see the Bible as a book of Rules and we don’t have a relationship with the Author then nobody would want to continue reading it and it’s much easier to rebel against the truths of the Bible.

That’s why Satan wants people to believe the Bible is just a rule book and for us to forget about grace, love, forgiveness and a relationship with God.

Instead we need to view the Bible as a love letter written from a loving heavenly father to his children wanting to give them everything they need to know while in this difficult and trying human existence. He wants to help us avoid undue difficulties caused by sin and He wants us to know that even in the worst of circumstances He’s still with us and we can trust in Him.

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