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Search, Don't Skim

"Those who read fast reap no more advantage than a bee would by only skimming over the surface of the flower, instead of waiting to penetrate into it, and extract its sweets."
Madame Jeanne Guyon ~

The quote above is referring to how a person reads the bible.  How do you read through your bibles?  Do you read it at all?  After all, most Christians don't read their bibles daily.  So, assuming we are all reading our bibles - every day - are we really getting the most out of God's word to us? 

I remember the last time I really tried to stick to a  bible reading plan.  It was probably about five years ago.  I had the list of all of my bible chapters laid out by day.  I was ready!  But do you know what happened to me?  I found myself more concerned with just getting done with my assignment for the day than I did really diving into the treasures packed deep inside the scriptures.  I'm sure it is just a personality flaw.  :)  In December of that year, just to get done, I found myself reading 10 or more chapters a day.  Yes, I finished reading through the bible that year.  Was God pleased with my accomplishment?  I don't know for sure.  If I was Him, I would have said as I lit a match to my "work" made of wood, hay or stubble: "My child, your heart was not right as you read through My Book.  Why did you read so much?  Do you even remember what you read?  I'm glad that you at least saw a glimpse of what I have for You, but next year, just stick with digging for the treasure rather than panning for gold."

Needless to say, I have not started a specific one-year bible reading plan since.  Do I read the equivalent of the whole bible in a year?  Maybe.  Most days I read a couple of chapters a day.  Some days I read just one.  Sometimes I may read more than two.  But every day, I journal or blog about what I've read, trying to go deeper through the cross references in my bible.   And almost every day I do some kind of additional bible study from a current bible study I particate in.

In conclusion, I feel like I've been that bee before,  just skimming the surface but never really landing to take in the sweets.  I don't want to skim anymore.  Just let me dive in real deep for the treasure.   Lord, give me more knowledge of You.

If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.  (Proverbs 2:4-5)