Sometimes, reading the Bible can be intimidating. So, how do we find joy in learning Biblical truths when we don’t understand what we read? That’s the focus of my conversation with Annie Weber as we discuss the astounding truths of the Bible and how spending time studying scripture can help us find joy in our lives.
Being intentional in reading, reflecting, and applying truths and talking with others can help us gain a deeper understanding of the truths found in God’s Word.
I have to say it: the first step in learning is being intentional. We have to get it on the calendar if we want it to happen.
When we approach reading the Bible with intentionality, we are actively focusing on what a verse or passage means, which can compel us to want to know more. This step may seem small, but life has a way of distracting us from being intentional.
As Psalm 1:2-3 says, “but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”
Apply the Truth
Reading something and applying it aren’t the same. The latter requires a different type of action. If we don’t spend time reflecting on the teachings and wisdom found in the Bible, we can’t find the joy we seek.
But, when we practice applying the principles taught in the Bible, it can lead to a sense of fulfillment and joy we’ve never experienced.
James 1:22 advises, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
When we read something that isn’t clear, we either need to ask someone in your community to explain it or do a little more digging. I’ve learned that discussing biblical truths with other believers can deepen my understanding of truth.
Hebrews 10:25 encourages believers to gather together, stating, “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
The best way to find joy in the Bible is to break it down into bite-size pieces. Don’t let a lack of understanding keep you from searching for answers that can stop you from discovering astounding truths.
We don’t have to be a scholar or professionally trained to find joy in Biblical truths. Annie never opened a Bible until she was 28 years old. All we need is to have a desire to know more about God’s Word and understand how to apply it to our lives.
About Annie Weber
Annie Weber is known for her bold and uncompromising approach to sharing God’s Word. She lives with a keen awareness of how the Truth of Scripture has led her to put her faith in Christ.
Her refreshing approach combines a love for wordplay, nods to pop culture, humor, and personal anecdotes to illuminate the teachings of Jesus and His character. These devotions, brimming with wit and authenticity, offer a unique lens through which to understand the heart of God’s message.
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