Why Pace Matters

FILED UNDER

POSTED ON

October 20, 2022

Reading plans can be deceptive.

Why?

Because oftentimes they fail to take one thing into account, pace.

Each chapter of the Bible is filled with such richness. If you read the Bible like a fiction novel, you are bound to miss something important. As we run the race that we’ve been given, we can’t afford to make a mistake, especially when the instructions are right in front of us.

Why does pace matter?

Ephesians 5:15-17 says,

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV

We are instructed to examine our ways and use our time wisely. When we need advice, we go to the subject matter expert. We don’t go to the mechanic and ask how to manage our finances better. So why do we go to the world to teach us how to live a godly life? Reading the Bible is one way that we understand what the will of the Lord is, it gives us instructions on how to live rightly before God. If we rush through the instructions, we risk misinterpreting the will and promises of God. Life is fleeting, we can’t afford to waste time due to user error.

Here are a few tips to help set your pace for studying the Word of God:

Don’t Hurry – If you see reading the Bible as an opportunity to dwell in the word instead of a task to check off of your to-do list, you will slow down and savor every verse.

Repetition – Read each passage again. Sometimes repetition allows you to see something you didn’t see the first few times.

Read Aloud – Reading out loud forces you to slow down. As you speak the words, they become easier to recall (think memorization).

Minimize Skipping – Each verse, each chapter, and each book has a purpose. There are lessons to be learned on every single page of the Bible. When you skip from page to page looking for verses to patch a wound, You miss out on true healing from the story of redemption in its entirety.

Write it Down – Write down your observations. Make note of people, places, actions… Even transitional words like if, but, and therefore can give insight into the conditions of the promises of God. Ex: So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Putting Things into Perspective

When we slow down and take time to savor the Bible, we are in the perfect position for revelation. We find ourselves hungering to get back to the pages… Thirsting for deeper draws from the wells of wisdom.

Don’t Rush. Dwell.


Got a tip on how to pace yourself for Bible study? Share in the comments below 👇🏾👇🏽👇🏿👇🏾

Sabrian Enoch
S. Enoch

Share this post

2 Comments

  • Think about/research context.
    Who wrote the book you’re reading?
    What was happening during that time?
    What section of the Bible is the book/chapter in?For me, giving myself space to understand the context of what i’m reading helps me interpret and understand the verses better.

    Reply
  • I really enjoy using the very old method of Lectio Divina, (Devine Reading) Its a great way to slow down when reading the Bible, especially as a group.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

snow top mountain under clear sky

Popular Posts

christmas tree with white and gold ornaments

Advent Reflections – Even in the Waiting – Day 5

The passage illustrates the importance of being a beacon of light in dim, dark places, as guided by Luke 11:33-36. One must not let comfort lead to dulled awareness, but instead consciously illuminate one’s environment. It urges self-reflection on how one’s personal light can lead others towards embracing Jesus.

Read More
gold white christmas tree ornaments, a christmas card, and pen

Advent Reflections – Even in the Waiting – Day 4

The Lord’s Prayer 11 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread, 4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone

Read More
wrapping christmas gifts

Advent Reflections – Even in the Waiting – Day 3

The Beatitudes 20 And He raised His eyes toward His disciples and began saying, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 Blessed are you when the people hate you, and when they exclude you, and insult you, and scorn your

Read More
Hanging a green and white christmas wreath

Advent Reflections – Even in the Waiting – Day 2

I have been lost a time or two. Usually, because I got distracted and wandered off the intended path. Whatever sparked my interest was enough to cause me to lose sight of my intended destination. In this passage, we find Jesus as a child, so focused on His Father’s business that he wanders off from his parents. In my own life, I’ve found that I’m not prone to wander towards my father’s business….but away from it.

Read More

Discover more from The Restored Orchard

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue Reading

%d