“According to the Barna Research Group [1997 data], those who read the Bible regularly spend about 52 minutes a week in the Scriptures.” 1 If a person spends 52 minutes a week in the Bible, how much time is that each day? About seven and a half minutes, less time than a person spends watching commercials in an average 30-minute television show.” (Pg. 6, Sweeter Than Chocolate)
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Yet considering the value of being in God’s Word it is no wonder then why the blessed man of Psalm 1 literally was in the Word, meditating on it day and night.(Psalm 1:1-3) Or why Job, in the midst of his incredible suffering, was faithful to abide in God's Word declaring, “I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” (Job 23:12)
God’s Word is so extreemly rich and profitable (2 Timothy 3:16) that I wish I could just linger in it everyday. However, being a wife and mother means I have to be creative in at times in how I abide in the Word. And when I’m in it, I want to make sure I get the most of out of my time in it. I’m sure you can relate.
So after praying about what to write on, now that the Psalm 103 Summer Memory Challenge is finished, the Lord impressed on my heart to do a series on abiding in His Word. How and how much we abide in His Word will look different for each of our lives, yet our call to abide remains the same. (John 15)
For the next several weeks, I’ll be focusing on simple, and sometimes creative, ways to abide in God’s Word. I’ll also highlight some helpful Bible Study methods, and resources, to equip us to get the most out of our private time in the Bible. I’m excited about this new series, and I hope you are, too!
Questions for you: What topics, questions, or concerns do you hope to see covered during this series? What ways do you currently use to keep you abiding in God’s Word, and His Word in you?
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