Every so often I have an eye-opening moment that reveals to me my true nature. At times there is always so much going on in our lives that we may be missing out on growing in our Christian walk, developing a relationship with God, or hearing His voice. I have been told repeatedly that the best way to hear God is to read His word. He doesn’t go around speaking as a burning bush or from the clouds with a thunderous voice.
More often it is through the Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts. Being the type of person that I am I sometimes go through what you would call dry spells in my relationship with God, the bible just doesn’t speak to me as it did in the past. Sometimes I don’t understand what it is saying even though I have read it several times before; it is like I am reading it for the first time without comprehending.
Recently, I was going through one of these moments, and I realized a couple of things that I needed to do to get back on track. The first is the most important, which was to slow down. Reading the bible requires time and focus. If I am trying to speed read through so that I can say that I read my bible today, I am not going to get much from the time. In fact, I will likely feel the way I mentioned earlier – lost. Secondly, if you are like me you probably have been reading the same version of the bible for 10 plus years – NIV. When I mixed it up and began to read the New Living Translation, I realized that I was able to understand it better and apply it to my life. I was able to see deeper into what was happening. I still love my NIV, but the other translations aren’t blasphemy, all bible versions have their pros and cons.
Back to my eye-opening moment – I have been reading and re-reading the Book of James in the New Living Translation Bible, and it has been speaking to my heart. This book is a great book to read for people coping with divorce. It talks about faith and endurance, listening and doing, prejudice, faith, controlling the tongue, wisdom, drawing close to God, judging others, and self-confidence. These are all great topics that help to open up our eyes to the purpose God has for us and how we should treat others. I highly recommend that you take the time to read this book in the NLT. If you don’t have one or don’t want to read it online you can view it or print it by clicking HERE.