Matthew 13:31-32 says, “ [Jesus] told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
Do you ever feel as if the Bible is massive and overwhelming? Does it feel as if you will never completely get the hang of reading the Bible? Do you feel inadequate?
You are just fine. The Bible is big and overwhelming. It references many different cultures, kings, and customs. It is hard to read it within context of the author’s day. There are so many translations. It can get ridiculous. I get it.
It is the Word of God. This book is His letter to us. If you can read the whole thing, you will begin to see who God is. The Bible helps us to see and know how loved we are. It is just a matter of diving into it.
All you need is a little seed of faith and God can grow your roots deep. When your roots are grown deep, you will be able to withstand the craziness of this life.
This fall my Bible study group is reading Remarkable Faith: When Jesus Marveled at the Faith of Unremarkable People by Shauna Letellier. Many of the people she references in her book have tiniest of faith in Jesus when they first believe in Him. That is all it takes, though, to believe in Jesus. The tiniest of faith.
That is, also, the way we can come to the Bible. We can be the tiniest, newest Christian and God will still let His word breathe hope into us as we read His word.
It is helpful to have methods when trying new things. I am sucker for acrostics. It helps me to remember how to do different tasks. A few weeks ago, I came up with a new acrostic of how to study the Bible, playing off the word “seeds”.
Click here for your SEEDS bookmark!
When you open your Bible and want to study the Bible, start with…
Set your mind on Jesus. Ask for His wisdom to hear His voice through His Word. Breathe in. Breathe out. Begin.
Engage in the Words you read today. These Words are alive and active. Read them with the excitement of knowing God put them on paper for you to know.
Educate yourself. Ask yourself the who, what, why, where, how questions. Is there something you do not know? How can you figure it out? Is there somewhere else in the Bible you can look? Do you need to Google something? Is there commentary that can give insight into what you want to know?
Discern. Through the Holy Spirit speaking through these words, what is the Bible saying to you? This book is about God and it is for you. What do you need to do next? Mull over the words. Consider and think. If nothing comes to mind, you can either ponder on a few words or you could read on. perhaps through more reading, God is telling you something.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. ~ Colossians 3:2 Our brains are finite. Pray and ask God for the wisdom to understand this world and his Word with an eternity-set mind. God would love to give you nothing more than this insight.
Remember you are not in competition with anyone. You are on an eternal journey with God. He wants you to know Him the best you can this side of heaven. Give yourself grace and move forward knowing you are completely loved by God. He wants what is best for you. Therefore, He gave you the Bible.
You are not alone.
If you are a Bible study leader and looking for a lesson for the first day of your group, click here- Seeds of Faith lesson.