The Bible is the Word of God. It is not a self-help book. It is not a book written and re-written by a bunch of random people over many centuries. It is inspired by God Himself, and is the primary tool He uses to change us.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. – Hebrews 4:12
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
I can’t say it in enough. I can’t stress it enough. You have to figure out a way to get into the Word. You have to!
- Read it. Regularly.
- Listen to it. There are 1,001 ways you can listen to it these days.
- Study it. Buy a study Bible and learn from others.
- Write in it. Take a pen and underline, circle, and jot notes in it.
- Believe it. It is true. All of it. Don’t pick and choose what you want to believe.
- Pray it. Turn it into a prayer for yourself or the people around you.
- Memorize it. Store it inside so you have it with all the time.
- Meditate on it. Spend time rolling it over in your mind.
- Journal about it. Write down what hits you or confuses you or inspires you.
- Wrestle with it. Argue with God over His Word. It’s ok, He can handle it.
- Obey it. Obedience is the ultimate evidence that you believe it.
I know it can be difficult to do get in the Word, stay in the Word, and get something out of the Word. So here are a few suggestions that might help.
- Pick a different translation. If you have trouble understanding what you are reading, pick a different translation that makes more sense to you.
- Surrender. Before, during, and after you read it, make the decision that you will respond to what you read.
- Pray. Before you start reading, pray for God to move you through His Word.
However and whenever you can, get into the Word so the Word can get into you.