When I was a kid in grammar school, I couldn’t wait to finish. I guess it was good that I didn’t know I’d eventually work my way past high school through college, graduate school, and postgraduate studies. As it turned out, I truly enjoyed all the subsequent stages of my formal education. My road isn’t a fit for everybody, but it was for me.
Fact is, I still enjoy learning. There are online classes, educational CDs and DVDs, and additional studies offered by nearby community colleges. What I’ve learned is that all of life is learning. And it’s a thing of joy. Especially learning about faith.
Read through the Bible not only with a sense of devotion, but with the intent of discovering more of the truth of God. Too often we just read what we’re already familiar with. There’s nothing wrong with favorite passages, but there’s SO much more to discover and enjoy. It’s best to explore complete sections of the Bible.
Perhaps start with reading through Proverbs. Each few verses are complete thoughts to reflect on. The Psalms are truth, music, and poetry—a refreshing read at any time. Try reading, perhaps for the first time in this manner, all four Gospels in a row. Or read Luke and Acts in sequence. They were originally one book—Luke telling Jesus’ story, and Acts telling what immediately followed.
The Bible is a good devotional book. But it’s also a library of the things God intends for us to enjoy, know, and apply to our lives.
I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word Psalm 119:15, 16