Reading to Understand

During this pandemic, I’ve been sort of homeschooling my nephew. I have several books of curriculum materials and workbooks. While I work from home, he’s somewhere else in the house working on pages I listed on the whiteboard for him to do. After I’m done working in the afternoon, I check his work, answer questions, review things.

Something I noticed was that he doesn’t understand instructions for the pages sometimes because he either didn’t read them at all or he didn’t understand what he read. One thing I’ve told him is to read it over again and again until you get it. I only say that because that’s what has helped me. Sometimes you read something and your mind isn’t ready or maybe you read a word wrong the first time. There’s probably many reasons for why it doesn’t make sense a first or second time through but it does that next time around.

It’s a bit hard for him to WANT to read it again and again. He gives up. He gets frustrated. He wants to be able to do it and get it done. If he can’t do that, he doesn’t want to try at all.

I find that we can be that way sometimes with reading the Bible. We read to READ but we don’t read to UNDERSTAND.

Have you been there before? Have you experienced a time where you’re reading to read and then you finish and you’re like “What did I even read? What was the takeaway there?” I have. Then I’m like… “I really don’t want to read this again. I’ve already read it, isn’t that enough? I just didn’t get anything today.”

Reading to understand is so important. If we’re reading to read, it becomes a check list ~ I’m going to check off reading my Bible today, here we go. Soon I’ve gotten in the habit of reading to read and not reading to understand, grow in knowledge or even seek encouragement and get to know God’s heart. We can see God and how he’s working in our lives if we just open the Bible and have a purpose in it ~ more than just checking it off our daily to do list.

I’ve said this before, but I’ve had so many moments lately in reading that has encouraged me to change my attitude and perspective during this pandemic. I want to know what God has planned, but I may never know or it may just be months or years away before anyone sees that. I can see His heart by reading His word though. I can be a part of His plan if I spend quality time with him and try to understand, rather than just read to read.

Will you be encouraged to get in His word today? Read to really understand and not just take the time to check a box on your list.

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:4

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