God's Word: Week 1 - Devotion 2

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” - Psalms 42:1-2

What does this verse have to do with God’s Word you ask? Good question. 

A healthy approach to God’s Word starts with a love for God. See, you have to value God before you can begin to have a positive, joyful approach to digging into the Bible. Knowing God has to be important to you. But it also has to be more than just gaining knowledge of God.  

Look how the psalmist talks about his feelings toward God. He says that he loves God the way a thirsty deer loves water. The deer loves water because it is life! If the deer doesn’t get to the stream, it dies. Do you look at God that way? Do you desire Him so badly that not being with Him feels like a life or death situation? Something to think about, isn’t it?  

But the real takeaway here is the question in verse 2. “Where can I go to meet God?” What a question! And the answer for us is why we’re talking about these verses in the first place. God’s Word, the Bible, is the main way God has chosen for us to be able to encounter Him. It’s the pathway He gave us to use to meet Him. 

We have to reframe the way we think about Bible study. We have to stop seeing it as a habit, a chore, or a check-box that “good Christians” must check off each day. We have to begin to see it as an opportunity to meet God face-to-face! 

Your challenge is to begin to change the way you think about the Bible. Knowing God is important. And His Word, the Bible, is the best way for us to grow closer to Him. Let that sink in this week as you go through each day.

Emily Traylor