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It seems like the words “to crave” are usually reserved for things that are bad for us. We crave chocolate cake. Or a large, caffeinated coffee drink (my personal favorite!).
We rarely seem to “crave” healthy things, like salads or exercise.
Unless we take the time necessary to cultivate those cravings.
For example, if you start exercising every day, eventually you’ll notice your body craving that physical activity, until you just don’t feel right without it.
Same with healthy food. If you make an effort to cut down on sugar, you’ll probably find that healthy food tastes better, and your body actually starts to crave meals that are good for you.
I believe that the same is true with Bible study.
As Christians, reading God’s Word should be a very important part of our daily lives. As we read His Word, we grow closer to Him and become in tune with His will for our lives. He uses His Word to teach and grow us, making us more like Him.
But this healthy, necessary habit doesn’t just happen. This is a craving that we have to intentionally cultivate in our lives.
The more we read our Bibles, the more we will crave the oneness with God that comes from reading His precious Word on a regular basis.
So how do we teach ourselves to crave the Word of God? Here are a few suggestions:
- Pray. Ask God to create in you a deep desire and longing to soak up Scripture. Ask Him to speak to you and bind your heart to His as you read His Word. Ask Him to draw you back into your Bible if it’s been a while since you’ve spent time with Him in this way.
- Remind yourself that reading your Bible is a privilege. There are many countries where simply owning a Bible can bring severe persecution and repercussions. If you live in a place where you can freely and openly read your Bible, you are privileged. This is a privilege that you would severely miss if it were taken away. Take advantage of this amazing blessing and study your Bible often.
- Set aside time to read each and every day. Decide on a time, decide how long you plan to read, and then allow nothing but emergencies to disrupt this time. I know this can be super hard with your busy life, but it is so very necessary. When I worked outside of the home, I used to take my Bible with me and read it on my lunch break. Sure, I missed out on some social time with my coworkers, but it was worth it. Now that I stay at home with my daughter, I have a little more flexibility but still have to plan around her sleep schedule. Ultimately, we make time for what’s important to us. And we can usually find time to check our social media feeds, email, or text messages, so we can definitely find time to study God’s Word. Choose a time that works for you and stick with it.
- Just start reading. I use this strategy with exercise when I’m feeling low-energy (read: lazy 🙂 ). I tell myself: I’ll just exercise for 10 minutes and then stop. But, after the 10 minutes pass, I’ve really started to enjoy it and don’t want to stop. So make yourself get started and then let God’s beautiful words take over and, odds are, you won’t want to stop.
- Give yourself enough time to make Bible reading into a habit. I’ve read that developing a habit takes around 30 days. So, as you start your daily readings, don’t get discouraged if you don’t start to crave it after a couple of days or a week. Give yourself at least a month of daily reading for you to start to really crave your daily quiet time with God.
- Use a Bible study, devotional, or Bible journaling technique. There is absolutely no substitute for simply reading your Bible, but these tools can help you to dig deeper and develop a greater understanding of what God is trying to teach you through your daily readings.
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Give these 6 strategies a try and work towards cultivating a deep and abiding craving for the incredible Word of God!