Reading for Today:
Psalm 70, 71, 74
1 Cor. 6:12-20
The beauty of walking through Scripture on a regular basis is we can keep gaining from familiar territory. Too often, we may read too quickly because we get a mentality of, “Well, I know that story.” Regular rhythms that have us constantly in Scripture can be helpful, though. It helps create thirst.
33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything. — Mark 4:33-34, NIV
The purpose of parables was to create separation and thirst. Those who didn’t care for Jesus’ teaching would walk away. They had come for the “show.” Those who were thirsty pressed in to understand.
When we walk regularly through Scripture we have an opportunity to create thirst. What we hurried through before, we can actually take the time to slow down and ask, “Lord, what more?”
There are a couple of things I do to slow myself down in reading Scripture I think I’m too familiar with:
- I will pick up another translation and read it. That gives me a different angle and slows me down to absorb any slight variations in what the passage may say.
- I will, from time to time, stand up and read the passage out loud. When I engage more of my body, it forces my mind to break up the routine.
Don’t disregard a regular trip through Scripture, such as the Lenten readings. Allow familiar passages to soak in and see what the Lord is saying. He rewards those who seek!