Everybody know what this is? Does everybody know how to use it? I have to ask, because not everyone does, at your age. Every day, your parents send you to the bathroom for a bath or shower, and they probably remind you every day to use soap! Soap keeps you clean, which helps you stay healthy, and it also makes you smell better. That may not be so important to some of you, especially the guys, right now. But when you get to middle school and high school, you might find yourselves wanting to smell better.
Soap reminds me of something else that we should do daily, and that’s study God’s word. In fact, if we take the letters in the word soap, we can find a very easy formula for studying the Bible.
S is for Scripture. The first thing we need to do is to read some passage of scripture. After we read that scripture, we come to the second letter:
O is for Observation. What does the scripture say to you? Is there a lesson in the story you read? What did the people in the story do, and what was the result? What did God say in this passage? Every scripture has something to tell us about God and life. Once we know what that message is, we can move to the next letter.
A is for Application. Now that you know what God is saying, how can you apply that message to your life today?
Finally, P is for Prayer. Ask God to help you remember what he’s taught you, and to let it change the way you live.
Joshua 1:8 says, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” If you remember the formula SOAP – Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer – you’ll find yourself living cleaner inside as well as outside!