“Can I ask you a question about the beginning of your journaling?” I asked Stan one morning.
“What do you want to know?”
“You said you started with the fifteenth chapter of John, and then continued on from there.”
“How much time did you spend on each chapter?”
“At the beginning, and for some time after that, I was reading a chapter each day.”
“In addition to proceeding on from the fifteenth chapter of John in the New Testament, I began making my way through the Old Testament a chapter each day.”
“And you were writing in your journal about each chapter?” I asked.
“Yes, but the Lord fairly quickly showed me that was not what He had in mind for me.”
“I was real excited about what I was doing with the journaling, and told everyone who would listen!” Stan said with a bit of passion in his voice. “I’m afraid I may have bored more than a few people,” he laughed.
“One of my friends I had talked with about the journal sent me a book that changed my focus.”
“In what way?”
“Well, one of the nuggets of truth in that book, when the author was talking about reading the Bible, was her suggestion to stay with a particular verse until being satisfied that all it had to offer was claimed.”
Stan continued, “All of a sudden it came clear to me that I was likely missing a lot by reading whole chapters each day.”
“The voice of the Lord was, in essence, saying, ‘What’s the hurry?’”
“It became clear that the point was not getting through the Bible, it was learning what the Bible has for me to know verse by verse.”
“So, did you slow down?”
“Yes, and I can say that slowing down really made a huge difference in the process of drawing closer to God. Many days I focus on a single verse, snd some verses get more than one day!”
“Obviously, it will take you a long time to get through the Bible.”
Stan responded, “Yeah, you are right, but then what’s the hurry?”
“The Lord will keep me here on this side of eternity as long as He wants, and if the Bible is still open when it’s time for me to get on the train, that is what He intends.”
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:17.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your precious word that is available for me to read and to make my focus. Please help me to concentrate on, receive, and embrace every thought you have for me from every verse you put before me. Please help me in not wanting to rush through and, thereby, miss any part of what you have for me. Amen.