Okay, so I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution. In fact, this New Year seemed to pass by in a blur of family gatherings, doctor’s appointments, baby diaper cakes, and to-do lists. Getting ready for a Valentine’s Day baby means that the last few months go pretty quickly due to the holidays. Blink, and it’s nearly gone.
However, each year, one of my goals typically is to get into God’s Word more, but I thought to myself around January 1st, “Oh, I’ve been doing that most days. It’s good.” I even had an Oswald Chambers devotional I was working through, supplementing with my own Bible reading in the New Testament. All good.
But, I knew that it wasn’t.
I was going through the motions of my devotion, filling it up with what you typically do – breakfast, devotional, Bible reading, quick prayer, out the door for work. The problem? It just felt dry.
Recently, I attended a Morning Mingle where a sweet lady from Washington Alliance shared her own journey through devotions and the Word in conjunction with her testimony. I don’t know about anyone else there, but I needed it because my devotion time was not suffering from lack of time given but a lack of effort, and it was draining my supply of God’s Word.
One of the things that was brought up at the Morning Mingle was how we go through seasons in our study of the Word. That made me think of it like a romance: In every marriage, which is romance in its truest form – not the type of Valentine’s Day, rose and chocolate romance out there but the tried and true kind – there are seasons that we go through. We communicate, we adapt, and we grow stronger.
In our romance with God’s Word, we go through seasons in which we need to talk to God about it, adapt our approach, and grow stronger.
In my case, I realized that I wasn’t putting in enough effort to let the Word really seep into my mind. I was letting others, Chambers in particular, do it for me. I needed to simplify and develop my own thoughts on the shorter scriptures I was focusing on.
For others, it might be that they need to seek out a giant in the faith, like Chambers, to enhance their devotion time. For everyone, it’s different; that’s why we need to keep that open communication with God and talk to Him about it for ourselves.
So, this morning was my first “simplified devotion” time. I read Psalm 1, and let it seep in, writing down my thoughts, and it really blew my mind – a simple scripture that I had read tons of times came alive for me again:
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” Psalm 1:1-3
The ESV puts a note that the “law of the Lord” could be read as His instruction, His Word, but my mind caught on the word delight.
Merriam-Webster defines delight as giving joy or satisfaction. I love that! God’s Word is to give us not just joy but satisfaction, which prompted me to ask, “Am I satisfied each day in God’s Word?” or do I leave feeling unsatisfied? If I’m unsatisfied, it’s time for me to talk to God about it.
Today, for the first time in a while, I left completely satisfied.
What about you? Is your romance with the Word in a dry season? Maybe it’s time to talk about it, adapt your approach, and grow.