Our family’s cottage in Michigan is a place of rest, rejuvenation and great conversation. When we are on cottage time it seems like everyone has extra time to chat with a cup of coffee or glass of wine on the porch. I remember a particular conversation with my mom about two years ago. We were sharing about what God was teaching us and what we were reading in the bible. I remember sharing that although I knew the bible had studied it and was familiar with many of the stories. But that day I realized I had a deeper desire to learn more and develop a greater understanding of truth.
I’ve had a personal quiet time (a set-apart time to pray, read the bible and talk to God) since I was a teen, but if I’m being honest with you, it was never very consistent. There would be times, especially right after summer camp, where I would come home fired up and with a renewed interest to get up and read my bible. In college I made getting up early to read a habit but I found myself reaching for a devotional book or topical study instead of God’s word. Devotionals are wonderful ways to enhance a quiet time (I particularly love Jesus Calling by Sarah Young or Savor by Shauna Neiquest) but nothing can substitute the truth found in the New and Old Testament.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that “All scripture is God-breathed & profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training for righteousness.” We have everything we need in God’s word. There is wisdom to be uncovered in Proverbs, stories of redemption and love found through the prophets and the most miraculous and grace-filled story of them all found through the gospels as we discover more about our God and savior.
Friends, we are called to be women of the word. To not just read scripture for five minutes every day and check it off our list but to study it, wrestle with it, hide it in our hearts and apply it to our daily lives. To live out James 1: 27 and care for orphans and windows or Philippians 4 when it say to let go and bring your troubles and lay them at His feet and trust.
The bible has truth and wisdom about a variety of topics, from hospitality, to finances or work but we miss the most important truth of all if we only focus on what the bible has to say about us. A dear friend shared with me several years ago that “The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed”, each chapter you read and book you study points back to Christ. If we are called to be women of the word let’s begin by opening our bible not to see what we should do, but to know God more.