“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17-18). You are a man of God and I want you to be complete, fulfilled, trained, and equipped. Scripture is foundational and critical to your walk with God. It is all about Jesus, so if you want to get to know Jesus, let yourself be soaked in Sacred Scripture.
What does it mean to be soaked in Scripture? It means to treasure God’s Word so much that you read it voraciously, meditate on it continuously, memorize it consistently, pray it daily, and speak it fluently. The Lord even commanded the Israelites to be “soaked” in his Word and gave them practicals on how to do just that when he told them, “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates” (Deuteronomy 11:18-20). Put the Scriptures in your line of sight everywhere you go. You can even use physical objects to remind you of Scripture. Do whatever it takes, only abide in his Word.
There are three primary ways that I’ve been aided in my pursuit of abiding in God’s Word. First, having a Bible-in-a-year reading plan helped me to be consistent in getting into Scripture on a daily basis. My favorite plan that I’ve been on involved an Old Testament reading, a Psalm, a Proverb, a New Testament Letter, and a Gospel reading each day. That may seem like a lot, but the key is to spread it out throughout the day. I usually would read around my meal times. Old Testament for breakfast, New Testament letter for lunch, Gospel for Dinner, and Psalm and Proverb before bedtime. Whichever plan you choose, I would recommend you to spread out your readings throughout the day, so that Scripture will always be on your mind.
The second way I’ve been helped in my journey with Scripture is the Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office of the Catholic Church. The Divine Office has the double effect of sharpening your prayer and Scripture life because it teaches you how to pray the Scriptures throughout the day. Traditionally, there are 7 times a day for prayer (Office Readings, Morning Prayer, Midmorning, Midday, Mid-afternoon, Evening, and Night Prayer). Praying the Scriptures ties your heart with your mind as you soak in the Scripture. It is highly effective.
The third way that has helped my Scripture life has been my method of memorization and recitation. I used to drive a lot for work and I knew that I couldn’t just waste that precious time in the car, so I decided to use that time for reciting Scripture that I had memorized. In order to make the recitations flow better, I needed to memorize large chunks of Scripture. My goal wasn’t just to memorize one thing and move on to the next, but to continually recite the Scriptures I had memorized so that they would always be fresh in my mind and not forgotten. My method of memorization involved tagging on 10-15 minutes to the end of my time with God in the mornings to go over what I had memorized the previous day and to add a little bit more. On the weekends, I would usually try to spend an hour just refreshing and adding a larger chunk to the memorized portions. Once I had a book or long passage memorized, I would make it a priority to recite that memorized piece of Scripture in my car at least every two weeks indefinitely. In this way, I wouldn’t lose the Scriptures I had worked so hard to memorize.
The key factor underlying all three of these methods is time. Don’t believe the excuse that you don’t have time, my son. If it’s a high priority, and it needs to be, then you will make time for this. Reading, praying, and memorizing Scripture should be the priority in your schedule that everything else falls around.
Being soaked in Scripture will help you abide in Christ and ward off the Enemy. It will help you to be pure in thought, word, and actions. Individually, being soaked in Scripture is great, but doing this in the context of community multiplies the effectiveness. Find friends who will join you on this journey into God’s Word and you’ll be even more fruitful in your efforts.
One last passage that expresses the zeal and love we ought to have for Scripture is summed up nicely by the psalmist: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word. With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy commandments! I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed be thou, O Lord; teach me thy statutes! With my lips I declare all the ordinances of thy mouth. In the way of thy testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on thy precepts, and fix my eyes on thy ways. I will delight in thy statutes; I will not forget thy word” (Psalm 119:9-16).