One of the reasons believers slack in their “new year resolution” to study the Bible every day is because they have not found a system to help them stay guided and committed to it.
The Word of God is likened to bread (Jer 15:16). One that man needs, not just when he is born but all through His life.
Believer, you need God’s Word throughout life.
God himself has taught men and women over the years through scripture and the Holy Spirit, and these thoughts and stories are compiled into devotionals with great lessons and scriptures to help believers navigate their Bible study or devotion time.
How important are devotionals, and why should you use them? Let’s walk through this together.
What is a devotional? A devotional is a compilation of spiritual thoughts, revelations, and messages, having scriptural references, which are published for people of different age groups, gender, walk of life, or for everyone.
Some devotionals run through the year, others, quarters in the year, months, weeks, or days.
Devotionals help guide your thoughts to hear God better since they are writings that were inspired by God.
Here is a scripture that tells us that there are other books to refer to for guidance:
Revelation 20:12 “…and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life…”
This scripture opens our minds to see that there are other books, in this case, devotionals, that are recognized by God, but the ultimate book for every believer is the Bible.
Now that you understand the reason behind devotionals, why should you use a Devotional as you begin the new year 2022? Here are three simple, but good reasons.
- It coordinates and directs your Bible study life. You don’t just read any Bible verse to keep the devil away, but you are careful to pay attention to the Bible verse or verses and hear what God is saying through them. That is not to say that the message you get from the scripture must be restricted to what the devotional says. God can open your heart to see something different from what the devotional says for that day, but using the devotional gives you direction.
- You can keep a record of what you’re learning and what you need to do to grow intentionally.
The devotional helps you grow systematically. You don’t just read the Bible like a novel, or run through the devotional to feel good, but you walk through the letters and words from the Bible and the devotional, and you can relate with it more.
You can liken it to studying a course at school. For some months or even a year, you intentionally grow by using the devotional as a course outline. Know that using a devotional should not replace your personal Bible study or Bible reading. It is part of it, at any time of your day.
- Using a devotional helps you remain diligent and consistent in reading the Bible at least once a day.
There are so many things that can take your time and keep you busy daily; so busy that you barely have time to check the Bible or even coordinate and collect your thoughts on what God is saying.
Using a devotional helps you build diligence and hunger for God’s word. It reminds you that there’s something God wants to say to you every day. This builds hunger and longing for the voice of God.
So, dear believer, as this year comes to a close, and a new year awaits you, have an expectation on what you want to learn at the feet of Jesus in 2022.
Start by getting your Bible close by, and deciding to commit to reading it daily. We are here to provide you with daily devotionals to help guide your Bible study.