4 Boosts for our Bible Time

4 Boosts for our Bible Time

A ticker tape of thoughts scroll across my mind as I think about times I have attempted to study the Bible and meet with God. Thoughts like…

What?? Whose that? I’m so confused. Is this really supposed to change me? I got up early for that? I must have done something wrong, God seems so distant. You name it I have probably thought it. Asked it. Experienced it. Many seasons in God’s Word have been overwhelmingly divine and others just plain dry.

I am not sure where you find yourself right now but this 2-part devotional will hopefully re-envision us for encountering God in a new way. And on a whole new level.

You ready? I am.

Let’s read about a profound encounter.

21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased. Luke 3:21-22 NIV

These two verses are packed with a vision of encountering God. Let’s take a look at this how the Father meets with his Son.

Jesus’ encounter was…

  1. Prayerful.
  2. Private.
  3. Personal.
  4. Powerful.

Jesus approached his baptism, something he did not need to do, in prayer. “And as he was praying, heaven was opened.” This might seem like a no brainer but we must not overlook the significance that when Jesus sought to meet with the Father, he did so prayerfully. When we open our Word, or our eyes for that matter, may we approach the Father in prayer.

Interestingly, despite the crowds being present, it is likely that only John the Baptist and Jesus witnessed this profound encounter. Meaning the whole heaven’s parting. Holy Spirit descending. Voice speaking scene. That whole thing, as stated by the NIV Application Commentary, was likely private.

Did you hear that it was private? If this really was a private encounter, what the Father said to his Son takes on a whole new meaning. We need to re-read it though the lens of a private encounter. A dad just speaking to his son and showing him the power of the Holy Spirit upon him. Wow! When we want to encounter God, we need approach him in a time and place set aside for him.

If we approach God prayerfully and privately, we can anticipate a personal and powerful encounter with our Father.

“Draw near to me,  I will draw near to you.” (James 4:8 ESV)

We have a promise to hold onto.  An encounter to anticipate. To expect. To look forward to. To have a personal and powerful encounter with our King.

What the Father said to Jesus was so personal. He  reminded Jesus who he was. “You are my son.” Mine. He reminded him how he felt about him. “You are loved.” And then gave him a glorious pat on the back. “I am pleased with you.” This was a personal encounter where God knew what his Son’s heart needed to hear, what his mind needed know, and said it.

Our Dad see us too. He desires to speak to the very worries or woes of our heart. We need to expect a personal encounter and anticipate it to be powerful.

There is a verse we didn’t read but Luke chapter 4 starts out, “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit.” Five words friends. Something changed. Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit. It continues to reiterate that Jesus was also led by the Spirit. We can expect to meet with our Maker and leave in a better place than where we began. We can anticipate healing. Hope. Encouragement. Inspiration. Purpose. Direction. Provision. His love and his pleasure in us, his children.

Sometimes I think I sit down with God like an event, rather than in the anticipation of an encounter.

I lack vision.

Well no more.

Father, we want to meet with you as you did with Moses. Show us your glory! Your love! Your power! Your might! Your creativity! Your light! Your hope! And show us who you say we are. Encounter us. Your sons and daughters. We draw near prayerfully and privately anticipating to meet you personally and powerfully. Love, Your kids. 

 

Next Week: Part Two – 3 Gifts God Gives

 

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.