How to Read the Bible

Aletha Hinthorn
Although my dad was a farmer, when he was a young man, he occasionally helped  out as a lay preacher. In one service at which he was to speak, he put money in the offering, unaware that the offering would be given to him. At the close of the service, someone handed him the offering with the light-hearted comment, "If you had put more in it, you would have gotten more out of it."

I thought of that comment during an early morning Bible reading, so I decided to put more into it. I began memorizing the first few verses of 2 Corinthians 4. At first I didn't find much for application, but I continued to memorize the verses as I had been taught to memorize piano music--repeating each phrase six times by memory, always including the beginning of the next phrase.

While saying the words, I let them filter through my thoughts. Did they give any direction or any promise for today? Paul instructed Timothy: "Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them" (I Timothy 4:15). I tried to set my mind to gain understanding and to give myself wholly to the words.

Suddenly I understood how one phrase applied to me. As always when my search is rewarded, I realized that I was indebted to my Guide. "Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto you, but my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 16:17 KJV).

Thank you, Jesus, for the Holy Spirit who guides me when I read Your Word.

"Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them that thy profiting may appear to all" (I Timothy 4:15).

Today's Prayer Request
Please pray for the direction of the Holy Spirit as we plan the Come to the Fire Council meeting January 5-7.