The most important time that you can spend during the 24 hours of a day is the time that you carve out of your day to spend with the Lord, but let’s be honest. Its so hard to carve that time out. I really struggle with taking that time out and in knowing where to start and what to do. Its so much easier when you have the accountability of a group bible study or an accountability partner. When I was in college I was apart of a group that was very dedicated and very organized when it came to bible study, and honestly I did not take advantage of the opportunity to learn how to study the bible like I should. I know how to study the bible, but making the time and sticking to it is more difficult than I ever imagined.
Far too many times we depend on our emotions, and allow them to impact how and when we feel like studying the bible, as well as so many of our other daily activities, but I have found that it is when I feel like studying the bible the least that I need it the most. I have found over the past few months that I have struggled with finding time and commitment to studying the bible like I should, and that needs to change, NO MATTER what I feel. There are several things that keep us from studying.
- Our Feelings keep us from studying! – They blind us, they distract us, they confuse us. So many times we feel guilty for sin in our life, or we feel like we are not good enough to study the word of God, or that we just don’t understand it.
- Our Schedule keeps us from studying!- So many times we feel like that if we don’t have an hour to study the bible that we just shouldn’t even try. The Lord wants the time that we have. Yes, we should give the Lord as much time as we are capable, and we should carve out our time early in the morning ideally, but the Lord wants our time.
- Sin keeps us from studying!- When we have sin in our lives, it is hard to study because we aren’t right with the Lord. Whether it is before salvation, or unconfessed sin in our lives after we are saved disconnects us from the Lord and makes studying so much harder. Sometimes the guilt from unconfessed sin will cause us to think we are not capable of studying.
The Lord wants our time. He wants our attention. He wants us to know him more. We can learn so much in just a few minutes of time with the Lord. The bible is truth. It will impact our lives if we allow it. The more we read, the more we study , the more we will learn and grow.
Take time, each day, early before distractions can steal away your time. Give the Lord your time, allow him to teach you. Whether it is a daily devotion, or studying verses while studying through a book of the bible, or reading the bible through. Take the time, pray, open your heart and allow him to teach you, daily.