Our time spent in Scripture must alter us if it has truly been an encounter with God. God has created us to interact and respond to His Word in multiple ways. We should all endeavor to engage in Godís Word throughout our lives.
Here are some ways to better engage in Godís Word:
ē Study Ė When we study Godís Word we are investing focused time in a passage word, character or theme. Study requires you to analyze the Scripture which takes concentration and focus. The primary goal of study is understanding.
ē Devotional Ė The goal for devotional reading is application. Simply put, what the Scripture means to me. We must make sure this is not the only way we interact with Scripture or we risk losing the truth.
ē Meditation Ė Meditation is the ability to hear Godís voice and obey His Word. During meditation it is important to fill your mind with Christ. The goal of meditation is reflection.
ē Memorization Ė It is important to understand what Scripture teaches us so have Godís Word hidden in your heart and mind. Memorizing Godís Word helps us achieve the goal of discipline.
ē Action Ė Clearly, we must be focused on doing what Scripture teaches. We must be changed and compelled into action, whether in our thoughts or our actions. Spending time in Godís Word must lead us to obedience.
So, as you can see, there are various ways to better engage in Godís Word. Spending time studying Godís Word is our intentional determination to grow in our understanding of Him. Even if you have not engaged in Godís Word in the past, take a leap of faith and start today.