A Starting Place
I think that many of us aren’t sure where to start when it comes to seeking the Lord and looking in His Word to direct us. I say “we” because I am very often in that same space.
First, I will say that the Bible has absolutely changed my life. I have grown up in church. Anytime the doors were open, my family was there. I grew up going to every event and every Sunday and Wednesday (and Saturday) services. I knew church. I knew the Bible.
I am not saying that I didn’t read my bible growing up, because that wouldn’t be true. I did every devotional under the sun, I did bible reading plans and everything but this year specifically, I had it in my mind that I wanted to go deeper. I started digging in and questioning every word I didn’t know, pushing past the surface on stories I’d been told since I was born. This book has changed me. I crave it, I crave my time with the Lord. But that wasn’t always me, and I know that it is not the case for many of you. Many of you wonder why a history book matters so much, how something so old can relate to your complicated life right now. Many have been hurt by a church or have gone through a divorce or have lost a child and can’t see how a God who allows those things to happen could be worth your affection at all. Many of you are just “too busy” with work, kids, school, and a lot of times, even church.
This is from the She Reads Truth book “Open Your Bible” study and they beautifully put together what I never could (remember, I am not a writer… lol!)
“What has kept you from opening your Bible?
Maybe your heart has been wounded like mine, and the very words that have the power to comfort and restore remind you instead of what you’ve lost.
Perhaps it’s not like that at all. Maybe you’re afraid of what you’ll find. Will it be convicting? Will it be hard to understand? What if I open my Bible to find the truth is too hard to bear?
It’s possible you haven’t opened your Bible lately—or ever—because it’s not important. You may believe it’s true and good for others, but it doesn’t seem necessary for you. Or perhaps you have the basics down and don’t feel a need to dig deeper.
Maybe it is important to you, but it’s just not urgent. You think the Bible is definitely worth reading and would love to make some time to sit down and read it, but there is always something more urgent that needs to be done, so your Bible remains closed.
Maybe you feel downright disqualified or unequipped. You suspect the Bible isn’t for you—it’s for pastors and theologians, too difficult to navigate independently. You’ve tried to open it and read it on your own, but quickly found it was more complicated than you expected.
But here’s the thing—
The Bible is for you, and it is for right now. It’s for you if you’ve never read it, and it’s for you if you have seventeen doctorates in theology (anyone?). It’s for the moment you are so overcome with grief that your body forgets to breathe in and out on its own, and it’s for the time you really don’t have time to open its pages for yourself.
We do not have to be biblical scholars to read this Book. You, right where you are, do not have to wait for someone to take you by the hand to open the pages of Scripture. You can open your Bible just as you are.
…No amount of knowledge or accomplishments makes you more or less able to meet God in His Word. Nothing you are doing, have done, or will do renders you ineligible for the good news of the gospel.
All the things you imagine you’ve done wrong when it comes to your “quiet time”? The lostness you feel when you consider opening The Book of All Books for the very first time? Let them go. Understand here and now that yes, this Book is holy and it is sacred and good. But this Book exists for moments just like this—the moment you lay it open and look for Him.”
Take the first 15 minutes of your day and read something in this giant book. You may be tired and forget what you read even just minutes later… But soon, like I did, you will find yourself doing study after study to just get more of Him. It takes discipline to read a book with a zillion pages and it takes patience to pray to a God that you aren’t even sure how to hear from, but it’s worth it. Give it 30 days and you will see your life change. Honestly.
I love how the Message version of Psalm 119:111-112 says "I inherited your book on living; it's mine forever - what a gift! And how happy it makes me! I concentrate on doing exactly what you say - I always have and always will."
Also, if you can, get a copy of this book. It is so great + a wonderful starting place if you just don’t know where to begin. If you have made it to the end of this long post, thank you! I am excited about the start of this journey together I hope that we can dig a little deeper and seek Him - even when we don’t feel like it, even when it seems like He isn’t there, even when nobody else is doing it. What is your favorite book/plan/study that you have done? I’d love to know!