Have you ever made a decision and later thought…What in the world was I thinking?
Or maybe you did not have this thought but you experienced apprehension and the infamous…This is not what I thought it would be.
I believe I have wrestled with both of these thoughts while reading the Bible in 90 days. Today I’ll share two questions that help me stay the course while reading. These questions will also help my blog readers who are not participating in the challenge as well since we all experience days, months, seasons of: Why am I here?
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The first time I signed up to read the Bible in 90 days I was so excited. I had read most of the bible. But reading it all in three months had never been on my Wish List. I heard people say it would take about 30 minutes or so to read daily and after praying I decided to join a group at my church.
However, behind the shadow of excitement I was in a difficult season of my life. I was seeking answers from God. It was like He was silent–asleep at the wheel. I hoped that reading the bible daily would wake Him up.
Well, after the first week of reading I quickly realized I bit off more than I could chew. Reading the bible in 90 days was much more than I expected.
First I read extremely slow. Maybe it’s me, but I find that when I read the bible I read much slower than when I read fiction. I want to take in every word. I find myself wanting to jot down notes (which I suggest limiting to save time) and campout at a passage for much longer than needed. This all led to my reading time carrying on much longer than 30 minutes.
I don’t know about you but my life is crazy and every minute counts. I am too busy. At least, that is my excuse when something monopolizes my time. And reading the bible is a task believers should do daily but more than an hour…
I start getting antsy.
I hear every sound in the house.
I remember every task I did not finish the day before.
My mind wonders.
And in the end…I feel like a failure because something that should be extremely important in my life seems more like a chore.
Maybe it’s me. But it’s kind of like going to college. We can all identify a million reasons why attending college is a great idea. However, none of those reasons stack up as you sit through those boring 101 classes that have nothing to do with your major. Your quest to your “Dream Job” becomes dull and uneventful.
I’m not saying reading the bible is dull. However, as a bible teacher I know many people don’t read it because they don’t get it. They are excited in the beginning but the long lists of genealogy make their eyes glaze over.
As a bible teacher and a mentor of wonderful women reading the bible, I want to share two questions I ask my heart daily to keep me present during my reading. These questions actually keep me present in my walk with Christ. They keep my heart open and my life humbled before God and seeking His face.
The first question is: Why am I here? This question can go as deep and wide as you’d like. But in every encounter with God’s word I never forget to ask God and myself why. Here are a few why question you can consider:
- Why am I here?
- Why have I decided to read the bible?
- Why does a particular passage seem so relevant to me right now?
- Why does my heart ache for your presence?
The why questions can go on and on, literally. But asking why and seeking the answers puts us on the path for discovering God’s will for our lives. We discover our purpose for existing. We also learn what He would have for us and not merely what we desire–a thought which is too deep to explore today.
Thus, as you sit to read the bible I suggest seeking your why and write it down. For some it will be an overarching why that will encompass their entire reading journey. For you it may be a why good enough to get you through your daily reading. Let your why be the fuel to keep the fire kindled in your heart to read more.
The second question is: What would you have me to do? This question singlehandedly motivates and terrifies many. But this question is absolutely necessary.
Father, what would you have me to do?
I once attended a financial bible study at my church. The pastor drilled in our heads…Father what would you have me to do? Father what would you have me to do?
Every question was countered with “Have you asked ‘Father what would you have me to do?’”
On one hand I loved the thought, submitting every aspect of my life to God’s will. But on the other hand, once I know, I know. Knowing should invoke action, which places me squarely on the hot seat.
But isn’t that why we are here? Aren’t we here to identify what God would have us to do? How He would like for us to live? Who He would like for us to reach and touch with His love?
I think so.
I believe knowing God’s answers will help direct us in our large and small endeavors. I suggest asking God at every juncture “Father, what would you have me do?” Let His answers be the dots on your roadmap called Life.
Question: What motivates you to keep reading your bible? Please add your comment below.
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For my mentees Mondays post will be our check in posts. Let me know how things are going. How did your first week of reading go?
Past Check In Posts: