For any Christian, the first step in obtaining clarity should be obvious — consult God’s Word. Every one of us should be in the Word frequently. When the pandemic hit, our church’s weekly Bible study was cancelled for a time. In the church newsletter my husband, our Pastor, suggested this format for individual study. If you’re not currently in a study group, or just want to increase your study time individually, you may want to give it a try.
Read one chapter of a book of the Bible each day (or every other day, or whatever time frame works best for you). If you’re struggling with a particular question or issue, you might consult a study Bible or concordance and choose material that addresses it. My husband suggested the book of Luke, but you could pick something else. Then answer these questions:
- What is the key message of this passage?
- What verse or verses spoke most strongly to you? Why?
- Did you find anything surprising?
- Did you find anything that contradicts the values of our society — or your own values?
- Do you sense a call to change?
I have been reading a chapter of Luke weekly and journaling my answers. This is a way of reading the Scriptures that can help you bring the Word to bear on your own life. You might call it prayerful, especially if you ask God to enlighten you as you meditate on the passage and contemplate how you will respond. This process of study is similar to a kind of spiritual reading known as lectio divina. For more information see this post:
I feel very strongly that God guides my reading and speaks to me through it. There is no better way to gain clarity than to make time, take time and listen to what God has to say.
He loves you and so do I!