I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. – Psalm 119:15-16 NASB
I love reading the Bible one-on-one with a friend. Iron sharpens iron as we discuss our reading together.
In February a friend and I began the book of Romans and I tried something new. In preparation for our phone meeting together each week, INSTEAD OF JUST READING the portion of Scripture, I SCRIBED IT first!
In a separate notebook I would copy word-for-word the section of Scripture we’d be discussing. I discovered the act of COPYING a few verses doesn’t take that long, but the BENEFITS to me were surprising. My mind was forced to slow down and really meditate on each verse I wrote. At each word within the text I found myself asking questions about the audience and relevance to the topic. And if you’ve ever gone through a study guide or have been part of a small group discussion, you KNOW the key is asking good questions to direct your attention to the text being covered. Then on a separate page in the notebook, I kept a record of my thoughts and commentary on the passage I scribed.
I recommend SCRIBING as a study aid whether for yourself as you read the Word or when paired with another person for discussion. SLOW DOWN and MARINATE in God’s Word.
Keep yourself in God’s love,