I’m so overjoyed with the richness of God’s Word that I can’t contain myself. If you haven’t experienced such joy with God’s Word, it’s time to dig deeper into God’s tapestry of truth and discover things you haven’t discovered before.
Many people read the Bible like an ordinary book. This is no ordinary book, believe me! Over 10 years of dedicated word-studies and 20 more of detailed subject studies in God’s Word has only proved to me the Word of God is inexhaustible. That’s right, it’s inexhaustible. You will never stop gaining understanding as you study God’s Word. You’ll never be bored with studying it because it always brings new light.
How can that be? How can words on paper continue to bring new knowledge and understanding?
Because God’s Word is not an ordinary book. It’s not even 66 ordinary books. The Bible contains 66 books inspired from the mind and heart of God. It contains God’s revelation of Himself to mankind and it centers on one subject: Jesus, the only begotten Son of God. It is Jesus who fully reveals God to man because Jessusis the very image of God in a human being.
The reason why the Word is inexhaustible is because it is so layered. You’ll get surface information reading it as a book. But start digging and putting verses together of the same subject and a whole new world opens up to you. You start seeing how perfect the Word is, how it all fits together.
II Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
Some people quit reading God’s Word because they think it’s too hard to understand. I can relate to that. When I started, I couldn’t find Proverbs from II Corinthians or tell you anything about them! Patience my friend! Patience and diligence is needed to study God’s Word. Keep in mind that it took thousands of years for God to prepare things and work all things together to accomplish His plan in heaven and on earth.
You probably won’t understand a considerable amount the first time you read the Bible through. First of all it’s a huge collection of books (66 to be exact). Secondly, it contains quite a few Hebrewisms (Hebrew-centric sayings) and, depending upon the version you are reading, perhaps some old-English words you’re not familiar with. You’ll have more questions after your first read than before it. But keep at it and the lights start going on all over the place.
Some people read a verse a day out of a Bible meditation or daily Bible reading publication. While it’s good to read even one verse of God’s Word every day, that won’t cut it if you want to learn God’s Word thoroughly. You need more than that. You need to study and not just read. I don’t want to get into all the technicalities about versions and translations in this article but at some point you’ll need to take a look at that too.
A Little Here, A Little There
Isaiah 28:10 For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”
You wont’ get the full understanding of God’s Word all at once. It has to come together in your understanding and that takes three things.
1) Pray and ask God to reveal His Word to you. The spirit is involved in learning God’s Word because it’s a book that related spiritual truths.
2) Study don’t just read. You’ll need to know what the individual words in God’s Word mean and sometimes they simply are not translated accurately. We have concordances to help us out with this so don’t fear.
3) Think about what you read and re-read. Understanding comes when steams of information come together. You’ll need those streams (steps 1 and 2 above) and you’ll need some time to synthesize all the information you’re gathering.
This may seem like a lot of work simply to understand God’s Word better, but you’re not just getting to know God’s book! You’re getting to know the very God who authored it. Now isn’t that worth some work — even hard work? Isn’t that worth some dedication and commitment? Of course it is.
Let the Word of Christ Dwell in you Richly
God exhorts us in His Word to study it so we can understand it and let it dwell within us richly. Here’s just one verse of many on this subject:
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
God’s Word is a treasure-chest filled with love, compassion, peace, health, wealth, knowledge and wisdom. It contains everything we need for this life and tells us about the one to come. It alone is worth of our time in studying it and working it to gain the understanding God wants us to have.
Get into the richness of God’s Word and let God direct your paths therein. This will help you put on the mind of Christ and you’ll see the world much differently — from God’s point of view.