I was once told that ‘Every Bible verse is applicable if you read it in the right context.’ Many times when I’m reading I find myself referring back to that statement and challenging myself to make it so. While the Bible does have beautiful stories, moving poetry, and solid history: I do not believe as many do that they are just that. The Bible says of itself-
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:2 Timothy 3:16
So you see ALL scripture, every bit, is given by God and profitable. What do we do with doctrines? We apply them to our lives. What do we do with reproof and corrections? If we are wise we apply them. What else could we do with instructions in righteousness but apply it to our daily living, thinking, and being?
The Bible is for living, not just looking at and appreciating. If we apply what we read than we can live what we learn. I challenge you: what can you live from what you read in the scriptures this week?
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.2 Timothy 2:15
When we read our Bible it must not merely be a chore or something to check off the ‘spiritual to-do list’ if there ever was such a thing! You must read your Bible to live it. As you read you must listen for yourself, listen in a way to apply it, to learn something new, to search it out thoroughly.
When you read to learn, and read to apply, you will find many hid treasures you didn’t know were there.
As you read your Bible, ask yourself these questions and see if you learn something new:
- What does this mean? (Can you explain it?)
- Are there other verses that support this?
- How can I live this verse out? Is there a way to apply this?
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:Matthew 7:7