In April I heard truth from three powerful speakers: Kay Arthur, Katherine Wolf, and Ruth Chow Simons. It was at a convention put on by the BGCO in Falls Creek, OK. There were thousands of women at this event. Every one of them eager to hear truth come out of the speakers. Kay Arthur asked a question that poked at my heart: “What happens when the Word of God is lost in the House of God?”
This question made me think about my time with God. Do I read devotionals or the Bible more often? My answer was: devotionals. I had taken the easy road of letting other people come up with insight and lessons from the Bible and never stopped to fully delve into their source material.
Focusing on other people interpretations of the Bible is not how we develop as Christians. Devotionals of course have place in our spiritual lives. They can spark ideas and show us that we are not alone in our struggles. They should point us to the Bible and help us get deeper as a supplement. You don’t forgo a meal and just survive on vitamins.
The Bible is truth wrapped up in a feast. It is the plumb-line for our lives. God teaches, inspires, advocates, and disciplines through the Word. The hard part for everyone is to sit down and read. Even when I have the Youversion App on my phone, I find myself skimming through the Bible verses and stopping to read the devotional bits. Sometimes the verses that inspired the writer are over used and I feel like “Oh I know that verse, there’s no reason for me to actually contemplate it or go deeper.”
The author of Hebrews makes an interesting point on this topic:
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Ouch. I am guilty. I am the quintessential church kid. My dad is the closest thing to a pastor you could be without being ordained. The church was a second home growing up: I went to church twice on Sunday, youth on Wednesday, and attended elementary school there. My favorite verses as a kid were all memorized in King James Version. I should be out there proclaiming Jesus’ name and teaching people to love his Word. But instead I rush “His time” and get on with my day.
Ladies, I ask you. Do you find yourselves only reading Christian books and devotionals? Yet, wonder why you can’t explain your faith in God? I know from experience that if you are unable to fully develop your own opinion and let the Holy Spirit guide your understanding of the Bible. It will be impossible to convince someone that Christ is the answer.
Some of you reading this may find this post ironic. Isn’t this very blog a devotional in disguise? But isn’t that the point? This blog should point you toward the Truth. Toward the Bible. It should make you hungry to look up the verses used in these posts and come to your own conclusions. Read the Bible dear ones and soon you will find that it isn’t as hard as you thought to speak to the people around you about God.
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