I am sure many of you young ladies have your own Bible or know where you can find one to read. The important question is do you read it? I am not talking about occasionally when you get the chance, but on a constant, daily basis? Even if you do, do you quickly skim through the chapter for the day or do you actually read it carefully and study it? What is your attitude toward the time you set aside to be with the Lord? I am sure you have heard these questions before, but I want to encourage you to actually sit and think a minute about what your answer would be.
Did you know that if you are His child, God wants to meet with you daily and talk to you? It is so amazing to think that the God of the whole universe who made you wants to talk to you and hear you talk to Him! Have you ever imagined Jesus sitting beside you while you read His Word and longing to tell you what He knows you need to learn? Let me put it in another light. Have you ever realized that the Bible you hold is God’s actual written word to you? A personal letter and instruction book to help you until you see Him face to face. Have you ever held His Word close to your heart and sincerely thanked Him for it? There are many of our Christian brothers and sisters worldwide who would love to hold a real Bible in their hands and read it for themselves. If you have your own Bible, you are a privileged young lady! You should be reading it daily and following it with all your heart!
Now, I know that that is a lot to think about, but you MUST stop and think about it. How do you treat God’s Word? How do you read it and study it to get the most out of your time with Jesus and His Word? Here are a few pointers and suggestions that I have learned over the years that have helped me to truly treasure God’s Word and study it better. I hope that these will be helpful to you as you study the Bible for yourself!
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” II Timothy 3:16-17
1. Pray before you start reading, asking God to forgive you, open your eyes and soften your heart to hear what He wants to teach you.
2. Hold and treat the Bible reverently. It is THE most important book in the world!
3. Find a good Bible reading plan and stick to it. Have you ever actually read through the whole Bible for yourself?
4. As you read, think about what you are reading. Talk to God as you read and ask Him to make difficult passages clear. REALLY listen for His answers.
5. Keep a prayer journal or Bible study notebook. It will remind you later about what you have learned.
6. Try spending a whole hour in prayer. If that is hard and it can be, try 10 or 15 minutes at a time. Talk to God as you would your best friend. Tell Him absolutely EVERYTHING! He loves to hear you. Remember to be quiet also and listen. Silence before Almighty God is a very good thing to learn and practice.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” Philippians 4:6
7. Memorize God’s Word. It will help you overcome temptations in your life as well as comfort you and teach you when you need it. Start with passages that you love and are familiar with. If you dislike memorizing, think of it this way. If this was a letter from your best friend or some one you loved very much wouldn’t you read it again and again and even memorize it?
8. Pray after you read and ask God to help you live what you have learned today out in your daily life.
“If you love me, you will obey what I command.” John 14:15