I will never forget the first time I opened my Bible at the age of twenty-five. I had just returned to God. I had a difficult road of dealing with the sexual abuse I endured as a child and also my anger at my brother for committing suicide at the age of 21 when I was just 12. When I opened the Bible, my eyes fell on Job 23:10: “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” I found great comfort in this Scripture. In the years to come, I clung to this verse as I faced the pain of my past. I dug deeply into Scriptures which caused me to grow. After several years, I did indeed come forth as gold as I was stronger in my faith and Christian walk as God was there for me every step of the way. I thanked God for His Word which provided comfort and strength when I needed it the most.
“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17, NIV).
Bible study is vital in a believer’s life. We will grow in our Christian walk when we dig deeply into God’s Word each day. God speaks to us through His Word. A verse will come to us when we need it the most. This will give us the strength and comfort to face whatever comes our way.
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2, NIV).
Read Psalm 1:1-2. Who should we not walk in step with?
What should we not stand in the way of?
Who should we not sit in the company of?
What should be our delight?
What should we do day and night?
When we meditate on Scriptures, we will be blessed. We can roll a verse over and over in our mind to get the full meaning of the verse. We can delight in God’s Word when we study His Word.
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11, NIV).
Read Psalm 119:11. What did the psalmist hide in his heart?
Why did he do so?
The Word of God guides and directs our steps. We all desire to not sin against God. When we spend time in His Word daily, we will know the right way to take.
“I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways” (Psalm 119:15, NIV).
Read Psalm 119:15. What did the psalmist meditate on?
What did he consider?
A precept is “a commandment or direction meant as a rule of action or conduct” (Webster’s New World College Dictionary). When we study the Bible, we do indeed meditate on His precepts. This will guide us in the way we should go each day.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, NIV).
Read 2 Timothy 2:15. How should we present ourselves to God?
When we do so, what will we not be?
What do we correctly handle?
God illuminates the Scriptures to us through the Holy Spirit. We can correctly handle the Word of God through prayer and asking for wisdom for His truths found in Scriptures.
YOUR HEART’S DESIRE
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts” (Deuteronomy 6:6, NIV). God gave commandments to Israel in order to guide us. We are blessed with the New Testament in addition to the Old Testament to guide and direct our paths.
Name a time when you felt confused about the way to go in a certain situation.
How did you cry out to God?
What Scripture spoke to you during this time?
How did this give you guidance and direction?
How can you thank God this day for His magnificent Word.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105, NIV). The Bible gives us guidance as a lamp for our feet and a light on our paths. We can praise God in thanksgiving for His Word.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. I pray that You illuminate my mind to understand your precepts. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
NUGGETS OF WISDOM
One of my great regrets is that I have not studied enough. I wish I had studied more and preached less. Billy Graham
No one understands Scripture unless it is brought home to them, that is, unless they experience it. Martin Luther
It be a certain truth, that none can understand the prophets’ and apostles’ writings aright, without the same Spirit by which they were written. George Fox
I know the Bible is inspired because it finds me at a greater depth of my being than any other book. Samuel Tayler Coleridge
We cannot rely on the doctrine of Scripture until we are absolutely convinced that God is its author. John Calvin