S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
King David writes to God: Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide. Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws. I am even wiser than my elders, for I have kept your commandments. I have refused to walk on any evil path, so that I may remain obedient to your word. I haven’t turned away from your regulations, for you have taught me well. How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey. Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again: I will obey your righteous regulations. I have suffered much, O LORD; restore my life again as you promised. LORD, accept my offering of praise, and teach me your regulations. My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions. The wicked have set their traps for me, but I will not turn from your commandments. Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight. I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end. Psalms 119:97–112 NLT
The story of the Bible is how God worked in history to restore relationship with people like us.
Millions through the centuries and across ethnic lines tell how this book has changed their lives, revolutionized their thinking, and restored their relationships. When you read this book, it will convince you, convict you, change you, and compel you in a new direction. When applied to your life, it will transform you.
Consider your current difficulties—are you turning to God’s wisdom to illuminate your path?
What is an example of someone wrongly using Scripture?
What is an instruction from the Word of God that you need to follow today?
Lord, thank you for the privilege of receiving your Word in my language. Help me value your wisdom and give me the desire and power to do what pleases you!