My personal Bible reading time consists of reading through the Bible—Old Testament and New Testament–over and over again. Once I hit the end of Revelation, I head back up to the beginning of Genesis for another read. Last week, I found myself thick in the laws of Leviticus.
“Oh,” I thought. “Do I really have to read all these laws again? Can’t I just skip them? Is God really going to show me something new?”
I recall that I couldn’t get past chapter five of Leviticus. Every morning I’d wake up and reread it. The entire week was rushed for me because I still hadn’t adjusted to daylight saving, so I would fly through my quiet time frustrated that I woke up so late.
Each time I read chapter five, I would come up empty: no revelation, no encouragement, no growth. But somehow I found myself looking at the same verses every morning.
Finally, one evening I realized that several days had passed since I had truly heard from God, and I was determined to give Him my full attention. I could tell through my irritable actions of the day that I was not being spiritual fed. In fact, I was starving for God’s Truth!
I grabbed my Bible and several other resources and headed to a room on the opposite side of the house. I would not let anything, especially technology, distract me from hearing from the Lord!
Again, I read chapter five of Leviticus, knowing and believing that God had something to tell me or I wouldn’t be still there. And there I found it–a jewel hidden deep in God’s Word just for me to claim! The revelation hurt my pride a little bit, but I devoured the insight that would ultimately give me peace and joy through a spirit of humility.
“Thank You, Lord, for not giving up on me. Thank You for causing me to be stuck in Your Word, so I could claim your Revelation!”
Questions: Have you ever been “stuck” in God’s Word? What happened when you wrestled with finding Truth? Did God show you something perfectly tailored for you?
“Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2.3-5 NIV).”
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