Last week I wrote an article for The Better Mom website about the importance of reading and spending time in God’s Word daily and then today our pastor issued a 30 Day Challenge to our church family that I want to share with you…
From our pastor–
“Last Friday as I put down my pencil at the conclusion of copying out Psalm 150, I found myself rejoicing in God’s Word once more. It was a memorable day for me because it marked the conclusion of copying out the Bible. I had purposely saved Psalm 150 for my concluding page because it seems such a fitting closure to the Book of Worship and the project of copying out the scripture has definitely been a labor of love and worship.
Thirty some years ago, as a young college student, I was just beginning to discover the joys of serious Bible study. I had given myself to repeated readings of the book of Romans and it was yielding up such exciting truth from God that I was almost overwhelmed. I was so excited about first-hand, personal interaction with Romans that I decided to copy it out by hand. As I did so, I learned much, saw things I hadn’t seen before, understood connections between verses and just generally found it a very helpful and beneficial exercise.
After that experience, I tended to make copying out scripture a part of my devotional habit…This somewhat mechanical discipline would slow me down and give me time to mull over and meditate on what God was saying. Some time after experiencing the benefit of this simple exercise, I read in Deuteronomy where God had actually prescribed this method of interaction with His Word for the kings of Israel.
“…when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll in the presence of the levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord His God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statues, that his heart may not be lifted up above his countrymen and that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right or to the left; in order that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel.”
God (explains in this passage) some of the benefits of this (copying out Scripture) that include:
–learning to fear the Lord
–becoming more careful to obey the Lord
–being protected from pride
–keeping on from wandering away from the Lord.
Reading this in God’s Word not only confirmed the value of this exercise…but it also motivated me to perhaps someday complete the entire New Testament…When I completed the New Testament, I was motivated to begin the Old. I began in Genesis and about five years later, one week ago, finished with great joy in my heart as I penned the concluding words to that last Psalm–
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!”
I can only say– Amen!
…God has given us a gold mine in the Holy Scripture. He promises great blessing to His children who abide in it. In fact, there is no habit more central to experiencing God’s blessing and personally getting to know Him, than spending time on a regular and consistent basis in His Word. If you have never tried hand copying His Word, why not give it a try? You may find, as I have, that it is a very valuable way to “meditate day and night” and “delight in the law of the Lord.” ~ Scott Gilchrist, May 2004
Our pastor went on to challenge our church family to a 30 Day Challenge:
“Each of the 30 scriptures below takes ten minutes or less to copy out.
Why not commit to spending ten minutes each day listening to God’s voice as you simply copy these texts out of your Bible?
Each day, for 30 days, pray like the psalmist,
“Open my eyes…” ~Psalm 119:18
Then copy and enjoy.”
Our family plans to participate in this challenge and we’d like to invite you to join us…
I will list the passages below and please let us know if you plan to join in!
Day 1– Psalm 1
Day 2– Romans 3:21-28
Day 3– Colossians 3:12-17
Day 4– Lamentations 3:19-32
Day 5– 1 John 1:5-2:2
Day 6– John 15:1-8
Day 7– Job 38:1-11
Day 8– Matthew 7:1-8
Day 9– James 1: 19-27
Day 10– Isaiah 53:1-6
Day 11– Isaiah 53:7-12
Day 12– Romans 5:1-11
Day 13– Proverbs 3:1-12
Day 14– Luke 15:1-10
Day 15– Genesis 1:1-8
Day 16– John 3:14-21
Day 17– Acts 20:17-28
Day 18– Psalm 119:97-104
Day 19– Deuteronomy 17:14-20
Day 20– 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Day 21– Revelations 5:9-14
Day 22– 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Day 23– Acts 4: 8-13
Day 24– Luke 18: 1-8
Day 25– Psalm 19:1-6
Day 26– 1 Peter 4:10-16
Day 27–Hebrews 10:17-25
Day 28– Philippians 2:5-11
Day 29– Revelation 22:16-21
Day 30– Choose Your Own
UPDATE: New list and follow-up 30 Day Abide Challenge will be available next week.
*Download the 30 Day Abide Challenge here.
*Download the Abide Challenge II here.
*For more verses on the value of God’s Word, please see this article– “Don’t Read This if You Haven’t…”
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~John 8:31, 32