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Reminder: Do You Reflect on the Bible While Reading the Bible?

It is very easy to brag about one's ability to speed read but many times the retention rate will be good as zero.  The Bible is not just an ordinary book but it is a collection of 66 books where he have 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.  Nobody can say, "Reading the Bible is a piece of cake." considering that there are some difficult passages that you need to chew on properly with the help of the Holy Spirit.  I feel whenever I just read the Bible for the sake of reading it, I really feel malnourished compared to when I read the Bible and reflect upon it.  When I read the Bible and reflect upon it then I feel more confident in the wisdom God provides me about the Bible.  I cannot brag how much I know about the Bible because it is God who provides that knowledge.

The Bible's command in Joshua 1:8 says, "This Book of the Law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."  It says you do not just read the Bible but you also meditate upon it day and night.  The first time I read through the Bible, I had to read through devotionals and some commentaries, listen to radio Bible classes and the like because the Bible is not something that can be understood reading it cover to cover.  It is sometimes easy to miss a verse or forget it unless you note them down and memorize them.  When it comes to the Bible, it requires real work with meditating upon it day and night, observing to follow God's Law to have godly success.

Bible reading also has its moments that you are convicted of a sin you are not aware of as God may speak to you through some verses.  You may even think that because you decided to get even then you ended up reading verses like Deuteronomy 32:35 telling you not to take revenge.  You end up reading Proverbs 25:21 which tells you to return evil with Christian kindness.  It really makes you reflect on the wrongs you do and it would be time to ask for God's grace to correct those mistakes while there is time.  It is very easy to just brush them away for awhile until God's loving rod of discipline hits the believer.

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