You only need to answer one to five questions in a free writing framework. I say one to five because some Bible passages will not have an answer for all questions. The acronym that assists in remembering this model is S.P.E.C.K.
Is there a Sin for me to avoid?
Is there a Promise for me to claim?
Is there an Example for me to follow?
Is there a Command for me to obey?
How does this increase my Knowledge about any part of the heavenly trio?
Then I end by writing a short prayer to my Father about what was read and written.
Admittedly this is an entry level devotional way to engage with the text. I find nothing wrong with this. S.P.E.C.K. is like the cool morning dew that prepares the plant for the full noon sun. Below is an entry from my journal Monday, August 15 of 2011.
The wise men from the east left a legacy for all Gentiles while tarnishing the history and reputation of Israel's leaders. The wise men are an example to me in that Scripture is of no private interpretation. They possessed great faith and I am sure the parents of Jesus appreciated their gifts. My God provides all my needs according to His riches in glory.
The magi also traveled from afar, but God’s people, who lived five miles away, did not know their King had been born. How? They knew where He would be born but missed the event.
As I look at this passage, I see God’s providence at work. The provisions of the magi given to Mary and Joseph, I am sure paid for food, lodging, and clothing in travel. Also, as the magi were obedient, God protected them and the child Jesus by giving a dream to the magi, sending them out another way.
I thank you for this story. It is encouraging to me at this juncture of my life. I trust your provisions. Please help me to be content and follow your will. Lord, I confess to judging modern-day magi. Help me to be obedient to you as they were; give me their great faith. I know Jesus will return soon; help me not to miss the event. Amen.
Notice how I answered in one way or another all the questions. The example was most significant to me, so that is what I focused on. I did not write down the questions and then answer them. I journaled the answers after reading and meditating on the questions.
What system of note-taking do you have for devotional Bible study? Share in the comments below!
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