“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” 2 Timothy 3:16.
What do you believe about the Bible? Do you think it is God inspired? Do you think it has relevance for your life? Perhaps most of you reading this would answer be very affirming as you answered these questions. And yet many today do not respect the Bible.
In Nehemiah 8, we find the people of Israel gathering in a large group to hear the Scriptures read and explained. It was a time of serious reflection as well as renewal and with the day being called a “holy day” (Nehemiah 8:9). God was speaking to the people through His Holy Word!
How can you stay in the Word?
1. Decide ahead of time where you will encounter God through the Word. Have your Bible in place, your pen or highlighter prepared and be persistent until you are consistent in daily reading the Bible.
2. Daily study of the Word makes a difference. The cumulative effect of reading the Bible and praying daily changes your actions, perspectives, goals and life.
3. Develop a systematic plan as you read the Bible. Read and reflect. Study certain passages at a time. Balance your reading of the Bible.
God reveals Himself through His Word. One of the first things to think about is “what does this passage tell me about God”. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your reading into application for your life.
The people in Nehemiah 8 began worshiping the Lord. They stood in reverence, they lifted their hands, bowed their hands, they laid on the ground, they proclaimed praises. When you read the Word, you too may want to worship the Lord demonstratively or quietly depending on your setting.
All Scripture is inspired by God. As we are instructed by the verse quoted above, let the Spirit guide you as you think about the teaching, the correction rebuke or how it can help you live righteously with men before God.