How to Ponder Scripture Every Time You Stop

Not long ago I stopped at a stop sign so intriguing that I doubled back to take its picture. Here it is.

Stop and Ponder Scripture

(Picture I took: Stop and Ponder Scripture)

What a great sign! After snapping the picture, I pulled to the side of the road and watched the next five cars that pulled up to the stop sign. Only one stopped. The rest rolled on through.

Later, I got to thinking about the intersection. “STOP—Ponder Scripture.” The command is there—and at a crossroads many stop at every day. Yet the surrounding neighborhood seems unaffected. They see the stop sign—but not the street sign.

I confess that, at times, I do too.

Some Head Scratching

I began a mental list of all the times I spend in the Scripture during a typical week. I was shocked:

  • I read my Inductive Study Bible for my personal devotions every morning.
  • I blog about the Bible and Bible lands.
  • Monday mornings, our department staff reads from a devotional book.
  • Wednesdays during lunch, I lead a read-through-the-Bible group for some of our staff.
  • Wednesday evenings, Cathy and I attend a Bible Study where the group is currently studying Revelation.
  • Saturday mornings, I attend a men’s accountability group–currently discussing the book of Acts.
  • Sunday mornings at our church, our pastor teaches us from the Bible–currently a series on the body.
  • Sunday mornings at our adult fellowship class, our teacher teaches from the book of Hebrews.
  • For my vocation, I am constantly in the Scriptures as we publish various devotional books and Bible studies.

That is a LOT of exposure to the truth of Scripture. And yet, how often do I fail to STOP and ponder Scripture? I read it a lot, sure. But do I ponder it? Or, better, apply it?

Scripture is Everywhere

Today in America, where 9 out of 10 homes have a Bible (and usually, more than one), we don’t have to travel far for a word from God. The Lord has provided His Word through Bible translations, study tools, radio broadcasts, and lots of instant media. Even still, the Bible is said to be losing ground.

It’s much like the Levitical cities in the Old Testament. Strategically placed along main roads, the 48 cities were distributed among the 12 tribes of Israel. That meant that any Hebrew who needed the wisdom of God’s Word had to travel no longer than one day to find a priest. This made God’s Word more accessible to His people.

What was true then is true now.

But Do We Ponder Scripture?

God’s Word in our path is not only a convenience—but it’s also to be a comfort and a conviction.

Here are three steps to ponder Scripture every time you stop:

  1. As you close your Bible each day after reading, ask: What one nugget of truth from Scripture can I chew on today?
  2. Taking it a step further, ask: In what area of my life can I apply this truth today?
  3. Finally, use each stop sign you stop at as a reminder to repeat those two questions

Our immediate access to truth reveals God’s desire to keep His Word close to His people so that we may always know and obey Him.

So, let’s STOP and ponder Scripture today

With no rolling stops.

Question: What memory triggers have you found helpful to stop and ponder Scripture throughout the day? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Leslie’s Blog

    I remember this stop sign/street sign combo, but I confess as well that I don’t do it as often or as long as could. Thanks for the exhortation, Wayne.

  • Dave Hong

    We recently returned from a 10 day trip to Jordan where we partnered with pastors in their ministries there.  What a privilege!  They encouraged us to join them in keeping the alarm on our digital watches set to sound off at 10:02 as a reminder to ponder our Lord’s instruction in Luke 10:2 and to then pray for the Lord’s harvest and more harvest workers.  Though I am also in the scriptures on a daily basis, both personally and in my role as a pastor, the reminder to pray daily for our Lord’s harvest has been a helpful nudge that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

    • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

      What a great idea, Dave. I’m sure the watchmakers never had in mind what
      you’re using the alarms for!  I had a friend years ago who would use
      the top-of-the-hour beep on his watch as a reminder to pray. Anything we
      can use as a memory trigger to pray or ponder! Thanks for your comment.

  • Greg Hatteberg

    Thanks, Wayne! This is a great visual!

    • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

      Thanks, Greg. Yes, it is an unforgettable sign. Now, if I can just remember it at every stop sign!

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  • Jane Franks

    What a terrific illustration! Our street is Song Bird Circle. Perhaps when I see it I will remember the songs of ascent the Ancient Israelites sang going up to the temple. In fact, I will read those Psalms and plant one or two in my mind!. Thank you, Wayne!