My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:1-6
Do you ever feel disconnected from the Lord? Do you spend time with the Lord reading the Bible and praying so that you can check it off your daily list of things to accomplish? Do you see your quiet time as a task that will eventually bring your spouse home instead of a time to get to know your Savior better? You may feel motivated to read the Bible so God will honor your request for marriage restoration in return. Your quiet time may be nothing more than idle motions with no real investment. When you are done reading the Bible, you may walk away feeling like you gained nothing.
Sometimes I would be in a Bible study or listening to a sermon, and I would read the passage of Scripture and feel completely blank afterward. I would listen to the speaker explain great insight into the passage and its meaning. I felt like a Bible dummy.
Just like our relationships, growing closer to Christ takes effort. It takes an investment. The more time you spend in God’s Word, understanding Scripture, and applying that to your life, you will become more like Christ. You can use a journal as part of your studying. Ask the Lord questions, and let Him answer you through His Word. He will make Himself known to you.
Instead of feeling disconnected, you will begin to desire a greater understanding of the Savior who died on the cross for you. The words will make sense. You will begin to memorize Scripture, and you will find yourself applying the truths in the Bible to your own life.
It is easy to go through the motions in life. Your spiritual life will be richer if you stop going through the motions but dive into a close, meaningful relationship with Jesus.
When you sit down for a quiet time today, ask the Lord to give you a greater understanding of His Word.