Do you love doing Bible study? I mean, like, really love it. You jump out of bed and cannot wait to get your hands on your Bible. His Words are constantly in your thoughts and on the tip of your tongue. You talk about Him ad nase um…wearing out your family and friends.
Have you ever noticed we can easily slip into reading more about what other people say the Bible says than reading it for ourselves? I’m guilty of it myself. Not that there is anything wrong with written Bible studies (heck, I have authored one myself). But sometimes we fail to remember that God has written His Word to us. It is personal and intimate. Alive…not dead.
There have been times I struggled to understand a difficult passage and gave up, frustrated that Bible reading was so hard. There have also been times I read the Bible like a history book, agonizing to get to the end. I admit…Scripture reading is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes I tell myself someone else is much more knowledgeable and could provide more insight.
Maybe I think they are wittier.
Or I want to avoid hearing the Holy Spirit’s conviction.
Possibly I think I don’t know-how.
Let’s be honest…the Bible can be intimidating. A book authored over 2,000 years ago. And in it the very words of God our Heavenly Father. To think…He has something He wants to say to you!
And so…maybe we want to avoid Him. We are scared of what He might have to say.
But what if we dug up the courage to pick up God’s Word afresh and anew today?
What if we asked Him to speak to us and give us ears to hear?
What if we believed Him, that His Words were the very T.R.U.T.H?
Would our lives be any different if we listened to what He has to say?
Read God’s Word from Psalm 100. Do you think the author loves to do bible study?
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.”