We are devoting ourselves to study and obey the Word of God together this year. One of the practical ways to do this is by making a commitment to read the Bible daily and apply it. This discipline enables us to sustain our devotion to God and His Word. A simple way to help develop this habit is through the S.O.A.P. method. You may use this tool together with a Bible reading plan.
Follow this simple format when reading the Bible.
Read a portion of Scripture slowly and thoughtfully.
Reflect on the Word. What does the Word say about God and the people in the passage?
Apply the Word. Does it reveal an attitude to change, a sin to forsake, a specific promise to claim, an example to follow, a command to obey? What did you learn from this passage, and how will you apply it in your life?
Respond to the Word in prayer. Pray the Word.
Sample of S.O.A.P. Entry
Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me! (Psalm 119:1-8, ESV)
“Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.” (Psalm 119:6, ESV)
Following God’s commandments protects me and keeps me from being put to shame. His rules and commands are not burdensome, but are for my benefit and protection.
I need to fix my eyes on His commands. For me to do that, I need to read the Word more consistently. It’s easy to get distracted and fix my eyes on other things, but I need to fix my eyes on God!
Father, Thank You for Your Word and all Your commandments. Thank You that this is for my benefit and protection. Give me the grace to consistently fix my eyes on Your Word, no matter what. In Jesus’ name, Amen.