Seeking God’s Words 3/22/2021

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by Ruth O’Neil

Sometimes I go through dry spells in my devotions and I struggle to find something different to read. I think we all go through dry times; times where we need to see something different than the same four walls so to speak. I feel so thirsty for the Word of God that I’m spiritually parched.  

I’m not alone in these moments. Even the Psalmist had an insatiable thirst. “You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1 NIV). 

Keep in mind, I thoroughly enjoy taking part in Bible studies written by other people. I learn an amazing amount from others. But there are times when I simply need to hear from God himself. That means putting aside the Bible studies and commentaries and opening the actual Bible. 

While I don’t do it every year, I have read through the Bible several times. To mix it up a little bit I would read different versions. When something is worded differently, you can catch different things. You also catch different things depending on your experiences in where you are in your life at the moment. One time I read the Bible through in chronological order. That was really interesting and almost a little bit mind-blowing. 

Another way to hear what God has to say is to write out the books of the Bible. I don’t know what it is about writing out passages of Scripture, but you come to know them more intimately. Again, you may catch things you never saw before. When I’ve done this, God has me brought out books of the Bible that are pertinent to situations either in my personal life or in the world at the time. You don’t need anything special for this. Simply buy a blank j and start writing. Jot down any thoughts that come to mind or maybe notes you have written in the margins of your Bible. 

Yes, Bible studies, especially when done with fellow believers, can be a wonderful and spiritual experience. However, when facing difficult times, maybe God is trying to get your attention so He can spend time with you One-on-one. 

If you are questioning what God wants for you, don’t turn to other people more than you turn to God.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot)blogspot.com or her website at ruthoneil (dot)weebly.com

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