I was excited about my plan. After all, I’d never read the Bible from cover to cover. I knew that there were stories that I was missing and context that I just didn’t get so at the beginning of 2014 I decided to read the Bible chronologically. My imagination was running wild as I read stories of triumph, tragedy, history, allegory, love and hate. Understanding the timing between events and lineage put some things in perspective. At first things were going well as I was soaking in all of this word bread; but, then I began to get caught up in the routine. Day by day, I would pull out my phone and read the passage but by the end of the day I couldn’t remember a single scripture or how any applied to my life.
My commitment to daily reading became such a routine that I wasn’t studying God’s word. Instead, I was reading it to complete the task. One day as i reading, I heard a voice that said something similar to “is it more important to read God’s word or to study God’s word.” What good is it to read and not know? I got caught up in checking a box and staying on my timeline losing the purpose- to study, to know, to live His instruction for our life.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
Would you trust a doctor that only read through some medical books or would you rather have someone that studied the human body so much that they know more than the basics? They can not only tell you that you have a heart but can relate how each part of the body works together and can diagnose when one part is malfunctioning because they have read it, remembered it and looked deeper than the surface of the issue. They have asked why and studied the history of the condition and can relate how it will impact you. They have been tested on the subject matter and challenged with it in real life. Likewise, it’s disingenuous to call yourself a disciple of Christ when you don’t have thorough knowledge of Him or the word. When people are in pain and going through they need more than surface level understanding of the Word.
Truly knowing God’s word isn’t only to help others but can come in handy when we need to remind ourselves of what He has done and what he has called us to do.
- Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalms 119:11 KJV
- When David was at war in Ziklag and his soldiers found that their wives and daughters were taken captive, they wanted to stone David and it distressed him …but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. I Samuel 30:6 KJV
- In Matthew 4, Jesus continuously ignores Satan’s attempts to taunt Him by recalling God’s word – “It is written”
To know who you are in Christ, to know what He has declared for you, read, study and apply. There is a difference between knowing of Him, knowing about Him and truly knowing Him.
Open my eyes so that I know You more. As I read, give me the discipline not to rush through but to study and apply Your word. Show me areas where I need improvement and give me the courage to change. Thank You for revealing Your truth and my flaws to me. Let Your word provide direction and encouragement when I need it most. Allow me to rightfully use it when I need to be that light to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to be honest with yourselves. Are you reading or are you studying the Word? Reflect on your habits and take the time to correct them. Read, question what you read, figure out how and where it applies in your life. Write it down and remember it. If you are a disciple of Christ, know your craft.
Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is a small business owner as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.