10. Switch it Up
I encourage you to switch up the translation you prefer to read, in order to get fresh eyes on the Word of God. All Scripture—regardless of the translation—is not only inspired by God and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16), but it is also “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). One of the ways God’s Word is active is the way it can pierce your heart anew when you’re reading a familiar verse in an unfamiliar translation. Verses you may have passed over before (or applied to a certain situation in your past) can impact you in a whole new context when read in slightly different wording.
Have you ever witnessed new believers come alive with a passion for God and His Word that you wish you still had? After years of discipling new believers I’ve noticed two primary reasons for that: 1) they were reading God’s Word for the very first time and found it amazing that it applied to them; and 2) they were, in every case, reading a more contemporary, easy-to-understand translation that spoke to them powerfully. When I began to read certain verses along with them, I discovered that a more modern translation can sometimes cause you to see something in a verse you didn’t see before and it speaks to you all over again. Let the Word come alive, once again, during your quiet time by switching to a different translation temporarily for the sake of variety.
Cindi McMenamin is a pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, and national speaker with more than 30 years of experience helping women and couples come to know God more intimately. She is the author of 17 books, including her best-selling When Women Walk Alone (more than 130,000 copies sold), When God Sees Your Tears, When Couples Walk Together, (co-authored with her husband, Hugh), and God’s Whispers to a Woman’s Heart, a devotional to help you discern God’s loving voice. For more on her resources to strengthen your soul, marriage, or parenting, or to learn more about her coaching services to help you write the book on your heart, see her website www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
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