“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalms 119:105 NIV
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
I have to admit that I didn’t always read my Bible every day. I read it to prepare for a Bible study or when I was looking for a particular verse. I attended church regularly but didn’t always spend time with God my Father and Jesus my Savior in the Word. Over the last several years I have opted for a reading plan that let me read the entire Bible in a year. That also requires reading every day. I love it!
I am always amazed and appreciative when the Lord speaks to me through His Word. Some days I feel like the verses are a message directly to me from God. They answer a question or calm a worry or just give me peace when I need it most. When I am reading, I jot down the verses that speak to my heart. These are usually the verses I use for this blog. I feel like the Lord has put something in my heart that I need to speak to and share. I always pray that these verses will speak to someone else’s heart as well.
God guides us if only we will listen to His Word and follow where He leads us. I struggle sometimes to discern the exact path I am to follow, partly because I am impatient and partly because I am looking for the answer that meets my expectations, but perhaps not God’s. Sometimes though the message is pretty clear, follow Him first and the rest will come.
Today, I simply want to encourage each and every one of us to get into the “God-breathed” Word. To take to heart those verses or stories that have something to say just to us. Some verses give peace, some encourage waiting, some ease our fears, some convict us to change. But all draw us closer to God our Father and Jesus our Savior and Their unconditional love and forgiveness.
This week choose a book of the Bible (I am currently reading John – which gives not just descriptions of events, but shines the glory of God and Jesus) or choose a specific section or story. As you read, write down the verse or verses that speak to your heart. Do you feel God’s presence? Do you feel His love? Do you hear His “still small voice”?
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we explore God’s Word and allow it to speak to our hearts.
Blessings and light!