Are you Hiking - In His Word? 4-3-17

Are you Hiking-in His Word? 4-3-17

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

Sometimes I like to take a hike through the Word of God during my daily reads. I get started in one area, but then there is a reference to another section of the Bible; and then I follow the trails that it leads me to and often will find a note I stuck in there on a book mark with another scripture. If I get that scripture searched out it often will cause me pause to think and then I realize I forgot where I started! I am lost in the Word!
Sometimes a mere daily read can bring me an hour of delight in the Word of God. Other times a nibble helps me make it through the day with enough nourishment.

Often I hear people talk about being lost in the whole idea of studying or reading their Bibles daily; it is not as hard as it may at first seem; that is why I began writing daily reading books.
It reminds me of hiking up the trail to the top of Mt Lassen. It is clear, but has spaces to step off and rest on a rock here and there, as long as you keep to the trail you will reach the top where there is a place to see the center of a volcano steaming and still active! What a delight it was to reach the peak.  Along the way there were some dangers; if we had gone to the right instead of the left we would have fallen more than a hundred feet to a ravine. In another spot if we took a few steps off the path we would have been in slippery snow, even in the middle of the Summer months.
T herefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

When we read the Bible we need to remember that there is a path to follow and even though there are many ways to follow the path, we need to be sure to ‘listen’ to the Holy Spirit prompt us as we read. We may not want to read a full chapter, but if we stop we will never get to the beauty at the top!

Many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Micah 4:2
There are a lot of different trails out there; some go up mountains some through rolling Hills. One marvelous trail we like to frequent when guests come is at Black Diamond Mines Regional Park. Part of the hike there is on rocks, dirt and even wooden stairs! You can choose to hike up one cow trail where you often have to dodge cows or you ca choose to wander through the trees and hills for a full days hike. I think reading the bible is a lot like this. There are so many ways to go at it!
You can take the easy road, buy a devotional study and follow the path laid out on the level side; or go a bit rougher and take the mile or two hike for pleasure through an actual study on a certain topic. Or you can bump it up and really read an glean from everything you read studying it out by yourself or in a group; just as you do on the long hikes. Bring a friend, drink lots of ‘water’ and include the Holy Spirit as your guide!

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy;
at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

Sometimes when we read the Word it is like a  treasure trail that we have heard about and we actual tried before; you hike following the direction on the internet and your ‘gps’ or a map of the parks.

If you follow precise direction you will find a treasure; the idea is you take something out of the box, put in something that you brought and rebury it.  My Bible looks like this, I glean from it and write little notes around what I have read for whoever reads it after I am gone. I got that idea from my great grandmother’s Bible that she left to my mother. She had notes on the edges for my mom to read, it made reading it so much more enjoyable knowing Grama Mia had written notes to her I am sure!
How ever you hike through the Word, whether it be the long trail or the short one; be sure to read everything you have before you and do not stop until you know you are at the end of that trail!

Think about it; if you were hiking to Mt Lassen and decided to stop half way up and not go any further, you would not see the melting pot of the volcano. If you were hiking inside the Diamond Mine you would not see the most awesome place at the end of the visitor portion of the mine if you stop before you get there.
Its like that with our reading of the Word each day; keep reading until you know you are where you need to be for that day. That is my plan. I have done the daily reading Bibles, and read through in less than a year plans, but the joy I find the most are the days that I begin with a plan and continue through old notes and create some new additions to them, continuing through the path that God has laid out before me, in His Word.

This week I want to challenge you to find the beginning point of your trail, take a note tab, or a colored pencil and flag your way through the Word following a topic or a rabbit trail hike through the Word using the notes and scriptures noted in your Bible. Then go back and check it out in a month and follow your own directions and see what you got out of it then and what you find in it now. Just like with a hike its often the same path but usually different depending on the day or the season. Reading in our Bibles is the same, we take it on the moment we are in, step by step in His Word.

Dear Heavenly Father, give us a path to follow and help us to mark the path that we may travel it often as we glean from Your Word and delight in Your handiwork, in Jesus name, amen.
Suggested Reading: Hebrews 12:1-29, Psalm 16:1-11, Psalm 17:1-15, and Psalm 25:1-22