We are taking some time each week to focus on Getting into God’s Word. We have talked about devoting some time each day to God and how we make that time with God into a habit. We have talked about where to start reading and why starting in the Book of John is my first choice for anyone just starting to read the Bible regularly. Now that we have gone over all that, it is time to expand on our time with God. How do we expand on reading?
Questions, are how we expand on our time with God. By asking questions to ourselves after reading God’s word, we are able to reflect on the reading and learn more from it. Spending time with God getting to know him is our first goal in reading his Word. Our second goal for our time together with God should be to learn something from reading, so we can be better people for God.
So what type of questions should we be asking ourselves? Good question! I’m glad you asked. Before we get into what questions we should be asking ourselves, let’s take some time to go over what our time with God should look like.
During your time with God each day:
- Pray – Pray that God will open your eyes and heart to his word. Pray that you will understand what he is trying to tell you.
- Read – Read one chapter each day. Take your time, thinking through each sentence and pondering as you go.
- Question – Ask yourself some questions to help you understand the reading more.
- Pray – Always end your time in prayer. Thank God for allowing you to set aside time for him. Thank him for helping you to understand the reading. Ask him for help in applying what you have just learned from the reading, to your life. Ask him for help with your upcoming day and any troubles you may be going through.
So now that we know what we should be doing during our time with God, here are the questions we should be asking ourselves.
- What do I think God is trying to tell me from this reading? This could be a lesson I need to learn, encouragement to get through a tough time, wisdom to make the right decision in a current dilemma, etc. Only you will know what God is speaking into your life that day. You could read the same passage over in a year, and most likely will get a different message from God.
- Is there a lesson from this reading I should apply to my life? If what God is trying to tell you about the reading is something that you need to work on in your life, what is it? Sometimes he will just be giving you encouragement and then this question won’t really apply. Other times, his Word will really hit you hard that you need to change some things in your life. This is why this question is here. Recognizing that we need to change is the first step to applying the lesson God wants you to learn.
- How do I apply what I have learned from this reading to my life? If you have had to recognize something in your life that needs work, what would you need to do, to change that part of your life? How would applying this lesson to my life help you? If God has encouraged you, how are you going to go about your day differently because of his encouragement?
- What is my plan to truly apply what I have learned? Now that you have recognized there is something that needs to change in your life, what is your plan to actually change? Should you set up some daily goals to help? Could you talk to someone else to help you with changing? Make a plan and revisit your plan often, to see how you are doing with it.
- What one verse speaks to you? Maybe this is a verse you can work on memorizing, or at least post up around the house to remind you of what you want to work on in your life or what verse really has encouraged you that day. God tells us in the Bible that memorizing his word helps us to change. Here is a verse that talks about just this.
I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Next week we will talk about some other ways to expand on your time with God. Some apps that help when we really have to be on the go, and some websites I love that help me when I am pondering a passage. Is there anything about Getting into God’s Word that I haven’t answered for you? Do you have any questions that have come up from starting this journey of spending time with God? I would love to help you anyway I can, so please comment below and let’s start some conversation.