When you read the Bible, do you read it out of duty or expectation? If your answer is “duty,” perhaps you could consider changing your outlook to expectation.
“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord! I have fled to you for refuge. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!”
─ Psalm 143:8-10 ESV
As you read God‘s Word, look for ways the Lord is guiding you. Allow yourself to absorb His wisdom. The Holy Spirit will use the Bible as the primary source to lead you and teach you His ways.
The Bible is not a rule book. God’s Word is filled with promises and Holy direction. He wants you to be filled with peace and calmness. He wants you to be successful and filled with joy. These are just a few expectations to have each time you read the Bible.
His Son, Jesus Christ, paid the full ransom for you to have inner peace by accepting Him as your Lord and Savior. The peace that comes from accepting Him is genuinely unexplainable until a person takes action to accept Him and allows the Holy Spirit to guide and lead.
Reading the Bible with expectation opens the door to direction and knowledge that only He provides.
Believers are told they will not receive a free pass regarding challenges, obstacles and problems. The world’s issues are heavy, and life isn’t always easy. But the Lord promises to give rest for all who labor and are overloaded (Matt 11:28-30), but you have to accept His rest.
Reading God’s Word is an amazing opportunity filled with answers and exciting understanding from the Holy Spirit.
Today’s One Thing
Ask the Lord to renew and refresh your Bible readings from “duty” to hope and expectancy. Expect the Holy Spirit to guide you as you open His Word and read His promises with delight.