Terry Bailey · Shared with the Public
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
* * * If you want to develop a hunger for God’s Word, the first step is to understand what it is. The Bible is not a magic book that will instantly change your life. Instead, it’s a living, active force that can guide and grow you if you let it. Just like food nurtures your body, God’s Word nourishes your soul.
But you can’t just eat old things and expect to be healthy. You have to eat nutritious food that will give you the energy and strength you need to live a productive life. In the same way, you can’t just read the Bible randomly and expect to be Spiritually healthy. You need to develop a plan for reading and studying God’s Word.
Here are a few tips: 1) Pray before you read. Ask God to help you understand what you read and apply it to your life.
2) Read with a pen in hand. Underline or highlight verses that speak to you. Make notes in the margins.
3) Don’t just read; study. Look up words you don’t know, cross-reference verses, and read commentaries or books that help you understand what you’re reading.
4) Talk about what you’re learning with someone else. A friend, family member, or even a pastor can help hold you accountable and keep you motivated in your studies.
5) Memorize Scripture. When you commit God’s Word to memory, you have it with you wherever you go and can recall it when temptation or trials come your way.
These are just a few tips to get started. The most important thing is to begin reading and allow the Holy Spirit to work through His Word in your heart and life.