We all know the benefit of breakfast. It feeds our bodies with strength for the day ahead. So it is with God’s Word.
“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.”
Jeremiah 15:16 ESV
Just a couple of weeks in and you may not be feeling the joy and delight. You may be skipping a day here or there already. Discouragement can follow. I know this because I’ve been there.
What do we do when this happens?
Realize it is a temptation that needs to be resisted. Reading the Bible is a privilege given to all mankind. Understanding what we read each morning is a gift sent to us by the Holy Spirit.
But what if you don’t understand what you’ve read?
Pay attention to parts that make you confused or curious. Then go to a reputable commentary on the internet* and search that scripture. I call these Spirit trails since you end up going somewhere you didn’t expect or plan to go. This is where reading the Bible comes alive!
If you’ve not tried this before I encourage you to do so. I will share one of my recent Spirit trails in the next post. If you’ve had one already please share what you discovered with us.
Let’s start this week off encouraging each other! Visit our private Facebook page to share.
May God bless every minute you spend seeking to know Him more.
- Bible Gateway – provides many different commentaries from which to choose
- Desiring God with John Piper’s Look at the Book
- Bible Hub
Another great commentary is D. A. Carsons “For the Love of God” Vol. 1 & 2. This specifically go along with the M’Cheyne Reading Plans and have commentaries for every day. Both Volumes cover each days readings, but are divided for those who do it over 2 years. You can read the commentary from one volume or both each day. I am really enjoying them along with the readings!
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Oh thank you for sharing. We will definitely check into it.
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