“How do we get into God’s Word and get God’s Word into us?” (…the question from today’s Online Bible Study)
I love the verse Lysa shares from Ephesians 1:17, saying “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him…”
So first, we pray. We ask God to take us deep. We ask God to teach us, reveal His Truth to us. We ask for Wisdom. James 1:5 also says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Being open to the Spirit is a huge first step in Bible study.
Second, we open the Word. Just praying for God to teach us and then doing nothing is like a student coming to class without supplies! “What? No textbook? So if I ask you to open to page 98, how are you going to do the work from page 98???” (It is amazing what students think they can get away with; as a teacher, I would literally have photocopies of the textbook work, as well as extra pencils…we have access to the Bible EVERYWHERE! Online, in actual, old fashioned book form, in spoken word, etc.) So pray, set aside time and actually open the Bible (online or in front of us).
Third, as Lysa demonstrates in Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl, ask questions. The example she gives us in Chapter 6 of her book is a character study of King David, before he becomes king. Character studies bring up some good questions! So do topical studies, and contextual studies. God’s Word truly is interactive. When we ask, God will reveal. Sometimes we have to investigate, find the answer within more scripture (later in that same chapter, in another chapter, in another section of the Bible), ask others, search online, post here and wait for a response, but God will reveal His Truth.
Fourth, wait. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. If the answers you seek don’t come right away, wait. Keep asking. Keep praying. God will ALWAYS answer. That answer will come at the oddest of times, in the oddest of ways sometimes, but that answer WILL come.
We are not meant to understand God’s Word alone. We need His Spirit, and we need each other to go deep. There is so much richness on the surface levels, but so much meat and nutrients the deeper we dive! Get ready to feast on God’s Word today, and every day!
(For the Character Study on David, Lysa takes us into 1 Samuel 16-17, with side trips to 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 and Psalm 23).