I am writing about meditating on the word on a daily basis. Meeting with God regularly has altered my life in several ways.
My Faith has Grown
What does that mean when one says their faith has grown? To me, it means I have gleaned more wisdom about God. God has granted me this wisdom.
With more wisdom, I feel comfortable in my faith. I do not feel as elementary as I used to be. Reading about His work, annotating about it, and thinking how Scripture connects with me personally has provided more personal linkage to my faith. It has deepened my purpose for visiting the Bible. It is not just about understanding what occurred in the Bible, it is about taking messages from it to apply to my life.
With a grown faith comes increased confidence. Though I must check myself to make sure that I remain humble, reading the Word daily has helped me feel much more confident discussing God with my worldly friends.
God Repeatedly Hits me With the Same Signs
I cannot speak for Him, but I think God knows and yearns for His people to live up to the principles in the Bible. Otherwise, why would he send His son to earth to model Godly behavior?
By reading the Word, God repeatedly sends messages to me about what I should do next. I do not always hear what He is saying. The more I read, the more I realize that He is speaking to me repeatedly.
When I am reading the Word, I try to reread scripture over and over again until something comes to fruition in my brain. Then, I focus on that idea and how it links to the Scripture in front of me.
To me, these messages that I decode from the Bible are nuggets of wisdom, and signage that God yearns for me to understand. After many of my quiet times, I have loaded a handful of these messages onto my to do list to remind me.
I Learned that I was Meditating Incorrectly
During my readings with God, there were several instances where I rushed to read through the Word. On these occasions, I did not take as much from Scripture as I could; my entire focus was not devoted to God during those moments, it was instead distracted by worldly things.
This idea did not come to fruition until I read Love Like That, a book that talks about how to give people Jesus like love.
Today, I still struggle to fully concentrate and devote time to God without distraction.
I have Learned my Distractions
Devoting my entire focus to God requires me to also isolate what exactly causes me to be distracted. Not only am I concerned about worldly things (finishing chores before I go to sleep, updating my budget sheet, reading my book to reach my reading goal, or even writing a blog post for the day), but also I find sounds in general distract me a lot.
My girlfriend loves to watch Korean dramas on a daily basis when I am QTing. Sounds from her cell phone will cause my focus to falter. As a result, I have found it necessary to invest in a good pair of ear plugs.
Although I try to prioritize God’s Word ahead of everything I have to do in a day, I find that I am more focused if I have cleaned my apartment before QTing.
My Reading Comprehension has Increased
Reading the Bible is not easy. I teach English at an international school, and there were moments where I had to reference a dictionary, or reread passages again to fully comprehend for meaning. Now that I am more versed in the verses, my comprehension has exponentially increased.
More pointedly, I discovered that my reading stamina has also increased. Usually I get tired or bored of reading in about half n hour, but now, I can focus for extended periods of time without distraction, fully gulping in what I am reading.
I am not perfect. I intend to read the Word daily, but sometimes I miss a day here or there. What I have noticed is missing a day surfaces this heavy weight in my chest. It irks me, in a positive way (I think).
Although my girlfriend has been Christian for several years, much longer than I, she knows that she struggles to peel open the Word and give it a read. Encouraging her to read, and modeling my reading for her has made me have a taste of what being a spiritual leader is like.
Perhaps reading the Word regularly has also increased my husband skills? I won’t know until I marry her 😉