I’ve always wanted to be a better woman — better at knowing God.
Maybe that secret longing is what made me eye my growing stack of Bible studies and ask myself why I needed a series of DVDs, a pretty workbook, and a classroom full of ladies in order to know God.
What would it take to just open my Bible and study on my own?
It turned out to be a little harder than I thought. Even random people like me find comfort in establishing systems. However, as I fumbled along, something cool happened: the more I studied the Word, the more I noticed jaw-dropping details about God. The weird thing is, I had read those verses!
Why hadn’t I seen those awesome details before? Because reading and studying are two different things. When we read, we don’t linger. Our eyes pass over words, take in information and keep going. Occasionally we stop, think, and then we go on. However, studying a passage is a whole different thing.
When we study, our eyes move across the words at a slower rate. We’re searching for clues within the sentences as if on a treasure hunt. We’re searching for answers to questions, and our questions provide a sense of urgency to detect the clues that lie within the words, phrases, and paragraphs we’re gazing at. Suddenly, the answer lies not in the expected but the unexpected.
The more time I spent in the Word, the more I loved the Word, and the more I loved God.
Still, there are only 24 hours in the day. So my question became not how do I study the Word, but how do I effectively study the Word? Every moment with God is precious and hard-won.
So, I’ve come up with a process that works for me. It allows me not to rush, but to view Scripture with a more purposeful eye, working towards a goal for the week. It’s both global and specific, which suits me. Most of all, I’m learning so much about the Lord. My faith has deepened exponentially.
I’d like to share my method with you. If you’d like to know more, check in on my next posts. Better yet, sign up for my newsletter! You’ll get a sneak peak of the Bible study I’m writing.
Blessings to you!