Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you. – Elbert Hubbard
Assistance: Enlist the help of your family or friends or find a commentary that will help you to understand what you are reading.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5-6 ESV)
Meditation: Take a few minutes to meditate on Psalm 119:9-16.
Ritual: Make reading the Scriptures part of your daily ritual. Try tying it to something that you do every day anyways. For example, read while you drink your morning cup of coffee, listen to it while you are out exercising. If you make a plan for reading, and try to do it at the same time, it becomes part of your life rhythm.
Feeling like it is not helping. Sometimes it can feel like no matter how much we read and take in the instruction it contains, it only makes us feel more imperfect and sinful. The fact is that we will never be perfect, but it does open our eyes to the ideals and that is a nudge in the right direction. Perhaps we can look at it as giving God a voice in our lives. Instead of feeling badly about it, we can see it as something God wants to speak to us about.
One law of the spiritual life from the operation of which no man can escape is that nothing can come into us unless it can get out of us. We commonly suppose that study is the road to learning. Upon the contrary, long-continued acquisitive study, absorbing information without expressing it, is the surest way to paralyze the mind. He who would be a scholar must not only study but teach, write, lecture, apply his knowledge to practical uses. Somehow he must give what he gets or soon he will get no more. – H.E. Fosdick
Can`t concentrate. I need quiet if I want to concentrate. It doesn’t have to be long, but I also need to know I won’t be interrupted. Some days this doesn’t happen, but that’s okay. Every day is a new opportunity. Sometimes music in the background can help set the tone or bring us to a receptive state of mind.
Digging a little deeper:
Quest 3: Do a search for the word “hear” – look at it specifically in the book of Proverbs. What does the Hebrew word mean? Read through the list of verses, and record what it says about hearing. What do you need to be doing in order to hear?
Quest 4: Do a search for “word of God”. Skim through the verses and find ones which give us ways in which God’s word relates to us. Read through the following verses and make notes on what the “mind of the spirit” is and how it contrasts with the “mind of the flesh”: Philippians 4:8; Romans 12:10-21; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Ephesians 6:13-18; Philippians 2:5-8; Romans 15:1-4.
Verses to meditate on: