As a teacher, I know the value of repeated readings. Repeated readings help my students retain facts and increase comprehension of the text. Not only school-age children benefit from repeated readings; adults do as well. When I run into a heady portion of scripture, I read through once, go back, slow down and read again. If I still have trouble comprehending what God is saying to me, I will carefully read the text out loud.
Repeated readings are similar to slow-motion replays in sporting events. When the referees are not sure what happened, they go back, slow down the film, and watch the play-action again. The replay allows the field judges to focus on facts and details until finally the truth is revealed. The same is true of God’s word. One reading will never be enough. Repeated readings will reveal facts, and details missed the first time through.
God has been teaching me to linger over His Holy Word; to read and read again. As I read and read again, God has been uncovering treasures from His Word I would have missed if I had rushed through my Quiet Time. Connections, themes, and truths rise to the surface as I continue to explore His Holy Word. It’s easy. Choose a portion of Scripture, download Read, Read and settle-in at the feet of Jesus.
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