If I want to know God I need to be in the Scriptures.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
By Ross Ritter, Journey Small Group Leader
“As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three sabbath days he reasoned with them from the scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead.” — Acts 17:2-3
Paul and his companions first preached to the Jews in the synagogues. In Thessalonica and Berea. Paul reasoned with them. Many others like the Greek men, Greek women, prominent women and God-fearing Jews were persuaded to believe in Jesus. But still some Jews were jealous and brought resistance against Paul.
Am I resistant to God’s voice – the Scripture? If I want to know Him I need to be in the Scriptures. This is the place where God “reasons” with us. He is patiently waiting.
“Father, thank you for loving me through Jesus Christ. Forgive me for neglecting time in your Scriptures. Help me today to have a heart for your Word, the Bible. Please help me to set aside time to meet with you and hear from you. Give me a heart like the Bereans with an eagerness to examine what you have for me in your Word. Amen.”
Now You Try
Get to a place where you can focus and read the daily Scripture passage several times. Take time to read and allow God to speak to you. Write down the one or two verses that stick out. Even consider rewriting the verse(s) in your own words.
Make a basic observation about the scripture you just read. What stood out? Was something repeated? What is the author trying to communicate? What does the Scripture passage teach you about God? What does it teach you about humanity?
Ask, “What does this verse(s) mean for my life?” How might this verse affect your heart — how you feel? How does this verse challenge your thinking? How does it affect your will, asking, “What changes do I need to make in my life as a result of this passage of Scripture?”
Write out a prayer to God. Scripture is God speaking to you, take this moment to speak back. Take a moment to say, “Thank you,” confess to Him what needs to change, or ask for something that is on your heart.