Proverbs 2:1-9 “My son, if thou wilt RECEIVE my words, and HIDE my commandments with thee; 2 So that thou INCLINE thine ear unto wisdom, [and] APPLY thine heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou CRIEST after knowledge, [and] LIFTEST UP thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou SEEKEST her as silver, and SEARCHEST for her as [for] hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou UNDERSTAND the fear of the LORD, and FIND the knowledge of God. 6 For THE LORD giveth wisdom: out of HIS mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding. 7 HE layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: [HE is] a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 8 HE keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of HIS saints. 9 Then SHALT THOUGH UNDERSTAND righteousness, and judgment, and equity; [yea], every good path.”
Regular daily reading as far as chapters are concerned is good; one should strive to go through the entire Bible over and over. However, the Bible is clear that it is through meditation on the word of God that we are most edified for “Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But HIS DELIGHT [IS] IN THE LAW OF THE LORD; and IN HIS LAW doth he MEDITATE day and night” – Psalm 1:1-2.
The goal should be to chew upon, to ruminate upon, the word of God as made up by each of the God-breathed words of God. Think to yourselves, how does each word apply to me (particularly) and to the body of Christ (as a whole). We should absolutely strive to see Christ first and foremost in all things (for He alone is the perfect fulfillment of Psalm 1:1-2 and also else that is righteous and holy) — but we are to strive, i.e. spiritually strive, to be followers of Him and to walk as He walked. So when we read a passage like Psalm 1:1-2, we should think “what is meant by my son?” “how are we to receive?” “what does it mean to HIDE his commandments?” “What commandments are in view for us today?” “How do we apply our hearts to understanding?” What is in view by the words cry and lift up?” “What does it really mean to seek and search?” “What are the promises of God, in Christ, as revealed in this passage?” “By what means are these promises implemented on our behalf and to His glory?” “In what way do these blessed exhortations, commandments, and promises play out in our lives — by His grace?”
The goal is to live the words throughout the day and not just read them and then go about our (earthly) business; to lean upon what the LORD would teach us and not our own knee-jerk, natural understandings and reactions to what we read. God does not want us to be passive readers when it comes to Scripture — He wants to be active readers, searching out His word, comparing scripture with scripture, perceiving and intelligently considering his sovereignly-chosen words. God must give us spiritual ears to hear; He must give us understanding, opening our ears… However, His word is clear that He does so through multiple, biblical means. He would have us talk to Him when reading; pray throughout it; declare our God-wrought thankfulness for it; confess our lack of understanding concerning it and our need for Him to shed His light upon His word for it to have any real effect. I am convinced that the LORD would have us seek to savour every aspect of the meat and to not be content with the milk alone — all of our Christian lives. He would have us delight in His word, serve His word, which is serving Him when spiritually understood. We were saved for a purpose; we were saved to serve… let’s do so and not make constant excuses as to why “we really can’t do” what He, Himself, says He will work out in us.
May God give us all much increase in grace, mercy, knowledge, wisdom, peace, manifest sanctity, and all else deemed holy and good — that is, may He give it to all who are in Christ by divine sovereign love, grace, mercy, election, and predestination…
To Him be the glory.
By Curt Wildy
A Work In Progress