Do you ever find yourself being pulled from task to task in rapid succession? I have days like that and it always feels like I wasn’t able to get much accomplished. My time and attention is so divided that I don’t feel like I make much progress on any one item. Focusing on a larger quantity of tasks superficially over one or two tasks in great detail produces different results.
The same is true about reading the Bible. Sometimes I approach reading the Bible with too big a goal. It seems like the more verses you read each day from the Bible, the “better” the Christian you are. When I try to do this, I find that I’m accessing the Scriptures in a superficial way. I read a lot, but I only scratched the surface of what was there.
Paul gave Timothy some advice about being a pastor in 1 Timothy 4:11-14. Be an example. Read and teach the Scriptures. Use his gifts. But then he says this:
Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 1 Timothy 4:15 (ESV)
Paul encouraged Timothy to immerse himself in these things. What if our focus was not on how many chapters or verses we read each day, but how deep we can get into a few verses? Or maybe not how deep we get into a few verses, but how deep those verses get into us?
Meditating on Scripture is different than just reading. It’s spending significant time with a few verses and opening your mind and heart to what God has to say through them. It’s immersing yourself in the Word and allowing it to change you from the inside out. This week, spend some time immersed in the depths of God’s Word, letting it sink in and take root.