As a full time professional in the billing department of a hospital, I need to know what I’m talking about. The majority of us know that medical insurance can be so frustrating and hard to understand. My job requires me to have extensive knowledge of insurance billing for physicians, and on occasion I have to spend time explaining to patients what the charges/payments mean so that they can understand it in laymen’s terms. It’s important for me to be doing continuous education on the insurance companies.
Do we treat our study of the bible the same way?
God wrote the most beautiful book for us. It’s a history lesson of this earth prior to Jesus walking the streets of Jerusalem. It’s the true story of the greatest sacrifice for love, and it’s the written promise of what’s to come. God’s love letter is available to all of us to learn from, to grow from, to mature ourselves in our faith. And yet I let days go between opening it to really read what God has written to me.
The psalmist wrote, “I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.” –Psalm 119:15-16. My prayer is that I take those words to heart.
I want to develop a strong understanding of who God is and what He’s done and one of the best ways I can do that is to spend time each day meditating on His written word. I want my study to be meaningful and give me true opportunity to dig in. My bible can’t remain closed until I “find the time.” Believe me, I’ve been there, and it happens to me even now. I let things, people, phone calls, or TV take precedence over a chance to allow a scripture meaning to be revealed to me.
The challenge to myself, and one that I’m extending to you, is to set aside at least 15 minutes each morning when you first wake up. Ask God to reveal Himself to you in the passage or verse you’ve chosen to read, read it aloud, and then use the rest of the time to find out “What does this mean to me?” Allow yourself time to meditate on His ways. You won’t regret it.
Is there a verse or passage that you’ve read that might encourage someone to start this challenge? Come to the porch and share in the comments below.