Hearing God Through the Bible Series
Ignoring God's Word
Have you ever read the Bible and then prayed about something else or even moved on to your next task and forgot about what you just read? I know I have. This is especially easy to do if you are using a reading plan and in a hurry to get it done.
If we believe that the Bible is God's Word and the Holy Spirit lives in us to illuminate His Word, shouldn't we treat it more like a conversation and less like a book? Are you willing to let God interrupt your reading plan so He can talk to you and you can talk with Him?
Dialoguing With God
Make it a practice to talk to God about what you have just read. In fact, stop whenever something catches your attention and talk to God about it. Wouldn't you find it rude if every time you talked to someone they either ignored you or changed the topic? And yet, we often do this to God. Try these steps instead:
- Picture Jesus in the room with you. (Remember, He is with you!)
- Tell Him how you felt about the passage. (Happy, angry, confused...)
- Ask Him questions and sit quietly to see if you feel He has given you answer.
- Talk to Him about how it applies to your life and what you plan to do because of what you read.
- Or, talk to Him about why you feel you can't do what it says.
- Ask Him to help you apply the passage to your life.
Use the Bible as a means of entering into conversation with God. I believe He wants to talk with you, not just at you.