How to Approach God's Word
"Teach me your way, Lord, and I will live by your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear your name." Psalm 86:11
What a gift God's word is! I don't know about you, but I've never really taken the time to sit and meditate on how privileged we are to have the word of God at our fingertips.
I must admit: I probably own too many bibles. I get excited about the next version of whatever study Bible is about to come out and add it to my library. While those Bibles are a good resource, to have the Word of God at our fingertips at all is an honor. When it comes to God's word, we should be humble when we approach it. God could have very well turned His back on mankind at any instant and stayed silent; however, not only do we get to recount God's faithfulness in His word, we have a God who loves us so much, He doesn't leave us to our own accord. Instead, He gave us His wisdom and instruction, so we may walk in His way and His truth. It is a humbling thing to think about.
How do we approach the Word? We approach it prayerfully, obediently, and humbly. Before spending any time in the Word, we must pray God would help our hearts to absorb His instruction and obey it. We must have reverence in the Word, and we must obey its commands. This prayer in Psalms shows us just that—we learn God's way by reading and memorizing His instruction. We obey His truth, and that truth gives us an undivided and obedient mind as we continue to navigate our days.
As you approach the Word this week, do it with humility and prayer. Take time to thank God for His faithfulness.
Father, thank You for Your Word. Help me to approach my Bible reading with a humble heart, prayerfully, and with an obedient mind. Thank You for guiding me, teaching me, and growing me. In Jesus's name I pray, Amen.
How do you approach the word of God? Take time this week to slowly pray before you spend time in the Bible. What has God been showing you through His word? Put it into action this week.
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.