Reading my Bible has not always been fun. In fact, I usually have a love/hate relationship with it. I desperately want to dig in and hear what God might be telling me that day.
But sometimes I just feel stuck. Like, for months.
I will read and read and read – and get nothing out of it. Anyone else?
To which I will pull out a little tool I’ve learned to use after a dry spell. To try to ignite the flame again.
It’s called SPECK. A way to pull something meaningful out of the Bible.
Basically, I pick a few verses (or a chapter to read). I suggest starting in the Gospels or New Testament. Then, I look for one of the categories above (not all of them).
- Does this passage talk about a sin I need to avoid? Am I currently participating in it?
- What about a promise to claim? Is that promise conditional? Meaning… does it rely on an action that I need to do first to claim the promise? ex: John 3:16 “… whoever believes in Him will be given eternal life.” The condition is “believe in him” to receive the promise of eternal life. Or is it unconditional? Something God promises no matter what?
- Is there an example to follow (or maybe NOT to follow)?
- What about a command that God gives me that I should obey?
- And finally – maybe there is just a new knowledge about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit that God wants to teach me that day.
Usually, after a few days of using this method, I will start to see life in God’s Word again. And my spiritual legs won’t feel so useless.
And if that doesn’t work, I’ll often invite someone to come alongside me and help me get out of my funk. I’ll ask them what God is teaching them and experience the life of the Word through them.