I sometimes find myself plodding through the scriptures, reading because I know it is good for me, but not sure I am getting much out of it on those days where I am just trying to check it off of my list. And then there are days when I really dedicate my attention- even if it’s for five minutes or one chapter- and I truly remember why I read them.
It’s amazing how applicable the content is when I read with the intent of finding something that can help me that day, no matter what is happening in my life. Though the authors of the different books of scripture lived so long ago, I find that the experiences they had and feelings they felt are not so different from my own today. I find inspiration in reading about how they were able to work through various conflicts, giving me answers about how to solve the problems in my own life. There are always lessons to be learned from the past. Just as I keep a journal today in hopes that my posterity may benefit from it, these scriptures are a journal from the past speaking and testifying to us today. Because I believe that God inspired the writings of the scriptures, I understand how the authors were able to know the struggles we would face today- globally and personally. What a great guiding force to help us in these times of need!
I will leave you with a quote from Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
“Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high. They can become the key to open the channel to communion with our Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.”
You can read the talk by Elder Scott titled “The Power of Scripture” in its entirety HERE
You can also read the scriptures HERE