If you ever feel stuck in studying the Bible or like it just always seems to fall flat, know you aren't alone. I've dealt with this, like yesterday. And every where I go speak or women I interact with through Sacred Holidays, I hear this again and again: "I want to study His Word but I just don't know how!" or "I want to have some big 'Aha!' moment but I feel like I keep checking out or I just don't get it."
This isn't a How To post because I don't believe that actually works when it comes to studying His Word and knowing God. There isn't one right way. But I hope what I share with you today encourages you to not let it become something you dread or something you feel clueless about approaching.
I've been reading through the Minor Prophets, all those books between Psalms and the New Testament. For me they've always been neglected. They are either last up if I've done a read through the Bible plan or get overlooked simply because they are harder to connect with, for me, than the gospels or other New Testament books.
Honestly, I've been so surprised by how much I love the minor prophets. It's been a beautiful journey.... until I hit Ezekiel. I don't know why but I just haven't connected with it. I just couldn't get into it at all no matter how much I'd muster to get there.
Yesterday, as I sat down to read again, I stopped and I just asked God to blow fresh air on His Word. That I wouldn't just come to it out of duty or discipline but that His Word would come alive right smack in the middle of Ezekiel. I remembered Hebrews 4:12 and prayed that over my time:
"For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
I stared at that verse I'd read and said so many times and the words popped afresh:
This is His Word. It is not dead. It is not stagnant. It is not flat. It is not random.
This is what I needed. This is what we need.
So I flipped back to Ezekiel and prayed that verse again over my reading and asked with great expectation that the Spirit of the Living God would breath life into my soul and actively work by piercing me and discerning my thoughts.
And I began to see phrases come together that have been repeated again and again. Words like, "then they will know that I am the Lord." Ezekiel is a lot of "This person did X, so this happened as a consequence. I'm over it." Rinse and repeat. (I'm sure there is a whole lot theological off about that summary, ha!) All of a sudden these stories of failure and judgement came to life-- All of it was so they would know Him.
All of life's circumstances are for Him and to bring us closer to Him. Not a thing is wasted on the Lord.
Also, I saw the power of what God was doing with Ezekiel. Each time the Lord would say to him, "Speak X..." This man's job was simply to open His mouth and say the very thing the Lord had given him and he did it. Without question and without addition or buffering. As a teacher this was wildly powerful to read.
So what about you? Where are you at with your time in the Word? Remember, friend, it's not an obligation deal. Are you ready for something to pierce you? Does being a Christian feel like a flat thing sometime or a just an emotional response on Sundays? His Word is powerful. His Word is for you. Let's go after it!
If you ever need suggestions or advice on studying His Word, just ask! You can find me on Instagram (@beckykiser).