This week I decided to start doing a little something different in my devotional times.
I am currently studying the letter of 1 Peter, and as I was reading I was convicted by him saying that “concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow ” (1 Peter 1:10).
The reason why I was so convicted is that I realized that I do not search intentionally or with greatest care the word of God. Although I can say that the time I spend in the word of God is more consistent and frequent than ever before in my life, I tend to read quickly and sometimes distractedly. Many times I will be able to tell you the general idea of what I read, but most of the times I can’t really communicate the amazing wonders found in the Scripture.
So I began to wonder…how would it have looked like for individuals in the Old and New Testament as they sought intentionally and with great care to understand the mysteries of the promised Savior? Then I remembered the hand written scrolls passed on by generations. Scrolls copied over and over again, to ensure the new generations could know what the Lord had spoken.
I remembered that the letters in the New Testament were read in the church’s gatherings and that they were most likely read over and over. I imagine that even today, in the parts of the world where the word of God is forbidden, Christians memorize Scripture and repeat it to themselves and others; letting each word sink and impact their daily lives. I forget (and I forget very often) how precious the word of God is. I am ungrateful for the access I have to read the Bible. And most of the time I do not desire the word of God, but I want to.
I want the word of God to impact my life. I want to rest secure in the promise of my Salvation. And more than anything I want to love the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my strength (Deut. 6:5). To love him, I must know him; and to know him, I must spend time in Scripture.
Here is where the change in my devotional time happened. I decided that in addition to reading the Bible, I wanted to write it. I hope that one day I can have my own hand-written copy of the Bible. Although it seems like an unreachable task, I want every word of Scripture to be close to my heart, I want every word inspired by God to become real and tangible in my daily life.
Now, I believe this is a desire and a task God has set in my heart, and do not mean to bring any condemnation or frustration on anyone’s life. I just want to encourage you to reflect in your own life, and ask God how can you love his word better? How can the word of God impact you daily and change your life? And then just go and do it. However it looks like, the ultimate purpose is to know and to love our Lord Jesus Christ.