When people rush around, grabbing a bite to eat as they go from one place to another, or gulp down food because they don’t have time to sit down and enjoy their meal, they are hardly likely to have tasted the food or drink, leave alone digest it properly. Many skip meals because they are “too busy”.
If one tries to live one’s Christian life in that manner, your spiritual growth will be stinted and you will not discover the incredible things the Lord has for you in His Word!
In 1901, Professor James McConaughy of Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Massachusetts, wrote a little book on Bible Study. He suggested the following:
“To get the most good from your daily (Bible) reading keep in mind these key words:
- Think. Keep the mind fixed on the passage. If it is difficult, read aloud.
- Pray. The heart must be taught as well as the mind. God’s Spirit only can do this.
- Obey. God’s Word is more than history, more than literature. It is a revelation of His will, a message to the reader… Only those who do what is written in it are blessed.
- Share. The Gospel is not private property. The things which have been seen and heard must be spoken…The privilege of following a course of Bible study brings with it the responsibility of using the results for God.”
These are brilliant and practical suggestions. The Bible is such a precious Book and “… is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Tim 3:16). Who wouldn’t want to find out more?
As someone recently said: “We should anticipate Bible study as those seeking light and truth, for His Word “is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105)”.
And furthermore, we must remember and understand “… that no prophecy of Scripture comes from the prophet’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever brought about through human initiative, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21). And as the Amplified version puts it so clearly … “But understand this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of or comes from one’s own [personal or special] interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” It is the infallible Word of God!
Make sure you have a daily appointment with the Lord and His precious Word!
Bible study differs from all other study in this respect;
it is profitless unless the Guide is ever present and leading into the Truth.