Note: This is the second in a five part series on devotionals for adults from CentriKid camps. See part one for more information.
Part 2: A Disciple Encounters God Through His Word
To grow as a follower of Christ and child of God, you must know His Word intimately. It is vital that you set apart time to read, meditate on, and memorize God’s Word in order to learn more about what He wants to teach you.
Reflect on the following verses:
Read Matthew 4:4.
It is important for followers of Christ to hear the verbal proclamation of God’s Word often, but regular, personal study is equally essential. You must take an active role in reading the Bible for yourself and applying it to your life daily.
Choose a Bible verse. It can be one listed above or one God puts on your heart. Read over the scripture once, consider its meaning for your life, and ask God to teach you something through this verse over the next few days.
Read Joshua 1:8.
Meditation is one of the most neglected spiritual disciplines in the Christian faith. With our busy schedules, we rarely take time to completely stop and focus on anything. When is the last time you completely stopped and focused solely on a verse or passage from God’s Word?
Look again at the Scripture you pick up a moment ago. Choose one word or phrase from the verse on which to meditate. Try to think only about the verse and nothing else. Ask God to remove any distractions or worries from your mind and to speak to you through His Word.
Read Psalm 119:10-11.
As a child, did you memorize any Bible verses in Sunday school or for Bible drill? Do you remember any of them now? Memorizing Scripture is a way to focus on God’s Word through the day. When you memorize Scripture, you can take it with you and meditate on it whenever and wherever you are!
As you go on with your day, write down the Scripture you picked and take it with you. Place it in your Bible, on your bathroom mirror, in your car, or anywhere you will see it often. Make it a goal to memorize this verse by the end of the week. After you have it memorized, make a commitment to choose another verse and memorize it, too.
Spend some time in prayer, thanking God for providing you with easy access to His Word, and make a commitment to read, meditate on, and memorize Scripture to grow closer to Him.