I realize that it is January 8th, and I have yet to post anything here about the new year. I apologize. We have been facing unusual circumstances in our family, and it has left me out of sync. But not when it comes to my personal devotions.
I’ve been reading God’s Word each year for a long time. Some years I have read it through beginning to end. Some years I have broken it up and read the Old Testament alone or the New Testament alone. This past year I read a different method that had me reading through 4 separate parts of the Bible each day–and I must say I loved it.
But this year is different.
I believe the Lord is going to direct me each day where He wants me to focus my reading. I want to take more time to enjoy Him, not just His Word. I don’t know about you, but often each morning I awake with a worship song on my heart. I’ve always thought of this as God singing over me fresh mercy as I sleep. Many times the song is vaguely familiar, and I have to look up the lyrics. I usually discover words that are exactly what I needed to hear.
Our God is personal like that. He knows our every need before we do. The problem is we aren’t always asking or listening.
So this year I want to hone my listening skills. I want to read what He wants me to read. And as an aid to what I’m reading in the Bible, I’m also reading commentaries by Charles Spurgeon, one of my all-time favorite pastors and teachers, to help me dig deeper into the meaning of the text.
What are you reading this year? Have you found fresh mercy as you’re digging deeper into His Word? Won’t you share your part of traveling this ancient road? I’d love to hear from you and be encouraged.