If we’re really honest, most of us are pretty intimidated by the Bible. You might think to yourself: it’s the holy word of God. How am I supposed to be able to fully understand it? What if I make a mistake? Then you get around people who seem to know the Greek or Hebrew origin of every word, and you just can’t see yourself ever getting to that level understanding.
Then the inevitable shame sets in because you’re not the “perfect” Christian follower.
Woah there, you don’t need to be so hard on yourself. God sees your heart to know Him more, and we’ve got a tool just for you to help guide you in understanding scripture better. It’s called the S.O.A.P. Devotional. Together, we’ll break down what each letter means, and then we’ll show you what the practical application looks like.
Read the scripture and write it down. It could be a verse that stood out to you or an entire chapter.
Think about what it’s saying. Write down all the observations you can make. For most scriptures, this will more than likely be a list of things that will help you to study and meditate on the words.
Consider how you can apply the principles in the scripture to your life. Remember to consider cultural context of scripture and discover the bigger truth to apply to your life today. At this step, you can respond and share with others.
Take this opportunity of devotion to pray to walk the application out and for God to give you greater insight into what direction He is taking you.
Now let’s do a S.O.A.P. Devotional together (Here's a list of our favorite coffee shops to do your devotionals).
Romans 8:28 (NIV) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
God is working in all things.
God is good.
People love God.
God helps those who love Him.
People are called by God for His purpose.
God helps those who are called for His purpose.
We can have a perspective that trusts God is working things out for us even if we can’t see it, because we love Him and are called by Him for a specific purpose.
Jesus, thank you for working in all things for my good. I know that you are because I love you. Help me to live out the calling that you have placed on my life so that Your Name is glorified through it all. Amen.
Now it’s your turn to do this with some of your favorite verses! We pray for God to speak to you in new and fresh ways as you study His word.