We all know that we should consistently spend time with God in his Word. While it’s true that the vast majority of Christians throughout the vast majority of Christian history have either not been able to read or have not had access to their own copy of the Bible, it’s also true that during those periods of history, many of those same Christians attended worship services and Bible studies multiple times a week, often daily! So, they had a regular and consistent dose of God’s Word to feed their souls.
In our fast-paced society, we’re feeding on Scripture less and less while snacking on the junk food of media more and more. That’s why spending time with God in his Word is more important than ever. To that end, here are three questions to help guide your devotional time with God in Scripture.
1. What does this passage reveal about God? The Bible is first and foremost God’s self-revelation to humanity. I often hear people call the Bible a “roadmap to life.” While the Bible does contain a lot of truth about you and your life, it is not ultimately about you or your life! It’s about God and his plan to save the world.
2. What does this passage reveal about the world? The Bible also reveals truth about the world. For example, the Bible reveals that sin is the problem with the world. When you read, look for truth about the world, the condition of humanity, why things are the way they are, how human nature works, etc.
3. What might God be speaking to me in this passage? Discovering truth about God and the world should spark questions about your own heart and mind. For instance, Jesus said the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few, and he commanded his followers to pray that God would send out workers to reap a harvest (Luke 10:2). We see that (a) God desires to save people, and (b) the world is ripe for a spiritual harvest. This should cause you to ask questions about yourself like: Am I working to reap a harvest for Jesus? In other words, what is God calling you to change, do, think, or become as a result of reading this passage? Maybe he’s calling you to think, feel, desire, or act differently. Or perhaps he’s using this passage to encourage you to pray for someone else, like your spouse or kids, a co-worker or classmate, or someone in your church.
Dialogue with God and listen to the Holy Spirit’s conviction. Then put it into practice in your life.