For the last couple of months, I’ve been feeling like I need a nap all day, every day. Coupled with my thyroid disease and the fact that I’m overweight, I knew I needed to be checked out. Turns out my Vitamin D is low and so is my B12. My thyroid (with my medication) is currently stellar. My provider wants me to take some supplements she’s now recommended and thinks I should see a marked improvement in my lethargy.
Here’s the thing…I was actually told that two years ago. So I know it’s a problem. I was advised to take the supplements then. I bought them, and I took them for about two weeks. And then I forgot to take them because I’m just plain bad at taking pills. I’ll remember at 1130pm at night and then be too tired to get out of bed to take them. I’ll say to myself, Take them first thing in the morning. But I forget in the morning, and by the time I remember…you see where I’m going with this. I need to start being intentional about taking my medication. If I don’t, I’ll never see any improvement and feel better.
Studying scripture needs to be the same way, and often it’s the quickest thing to be pulled off our daily list of things we want to do. I’m guilty of this myself. I want to start the morning off with my Bible study, but I oversleep. I’ll do it on my lunch, but I scroll social media. I think I’ll do it before I start dinner, but I still need to vacuum. The to-do list goes on. Before you know it, you’re able to squeeze five minutes in, if that, of time in the Word before you’re in bed and ready to end the day.
Intentionality is important. The dictionary defines this as the fact of being deliberate. While Bible study shouldn’t be just a thing we check off the list every day so that we can say it’s done, we still need to make sure our intention is to specifically spend time with God. This is how we grow our relationship with Him. This is how we prepare ourselves to speak with someone who might not know God as their Savior. And with that intention must come the deliberate act! We can have every intention to study, but we must also follow through!
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a worker who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” –2 Timothy 2:15
When we are intentional, when we are diligent in our study, we become accurate in how we know Jesus and how we present Jesus.
How about it, dear friends?! Let’s strive to be deliberate in our study. Do you have a method that you use that reminds or allows you to be intentional with Bible study? Share in the comments!