Cultivating a Consistent Relationship with God's Word
Putting God’s Word first has not always been easy for me, and even more so, it’s always been a struggle to meet with it on a consistent basis. I’ve had periods where I met with my Bible everyday, usually at lunch, in complete awe with the stories of His people. Other times in my life, I met with my Bible every other day, and honestly, there have been times when I don’t meet with my Bible at all. I can blame it on “life”, but really it’s my prioritization that has been flawed. I don’t always make time for God the way I do for Instagram, or going to coffee with my best friends. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want meeting with God daily to be a squeezed in time, no I want it to be a completely abounding free time with Him. Why? Because the same way I give attention to everything else should be given EVEN more to the savior of my soul. Spending time with our Lord gives us clarity, truth, wisdom and so much more. When we meet with God and His word on a consistent basis, we are feeding our souls, making life more victorious because we are living off of God’s Word.
What does the Bible say about the power ofGod’s Word?
- It Teaches and Corrects.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3.16-17,English Standard Version
- It Guides.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119.105, ESV
- It’s Alive and Working.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4.12, ESV
- It Matures.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1.8, ESV
- It Feeds Your Spirit.
“But he answered, “It is written,“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4.4, ESV
So how do we do this? How do become women who pour ourselves nose deep into our favorite book? First, I think we have to change our perspective. It is something we should look forward to. Just as we meet with a friend regularly, we should see God and His word just the same. It is time to be enjoyed, not something that is tasked and checked off. Creating consistency requires effort and obedience. Know this: You are already victorious. Starting something new can be difficult at first, you’re charting new waters, or you’re charting waters in a different way. Here’s what you need to know, beat to your own drum, move to who you are. If reading a devotional alongside your Bible helps you, do that. If listening to the word instead of reading works, do that. If you follow a monthly Bible reading plan, do that. It’s trial and error, some tools will help you grow, others won’t. Ask the Holy Spirit what you should be reading, this often works for me. There are many ways to get the word into our spirits, the point is, to get it in.
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15.4, ESV
Sister, make time with God your number one priority because He deserves your attention and He desires it. He desires to help you, guide you, mature you, correct you. He desires to meet with you, to wrap you in His love. As we embark on this journey of reforming our time, God will start to change us and grow us. It’s not about reading half the Bible in a day, it’s about spending time with your Father, the lover of your soul.
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.