Bible study is a very important element to enjoying everyday life. However, bible study is not something we should take likely. Wouldn’t it be great if we would put more effort into our time spent in God’s word, making every effort to become Women of the Word, so that we can experience more joy, peace, and fulfilment in our everyday life.
Most often when we prepare ourselves to study the bible, we may gather a few tools, such as…
- Pencil, pen, highlighter
- Journal/peice of paper/laptop
But, there is another important element to getting the most out of your bible stuy time. Questions!
Not every scripture will be one that moves you immediately, like this one does for instance “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” This scripture is easy to relate to and easy for us to see how it can help us with our challenges in life. But, suppose you are led to read this bible verse …
“Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.”
You may be saying something like this to yourself, “hmmmm, this is realy not what I needed ot hear today.” You might just find yourself doing what I have done so many times in the past and flipped the pages to find something that was soothing to my ego and was all about me.
I want to challenge you to grow in your bible study time.
The next time you pray for God to lead you as you study the bible or even if you follow a certain reading plan, but don’t feel anything that is particully satisfying to you on that day, be prepared with these questions and you just may discover something deeper that God wants you to hear or learn on that day.
- Who was the passage written for origionally? What did it mean to them? This can usualy be found in the introduction section of each book of the bible
- What is the context of the verses your reading? Read a few verses or a chapter before or after the passage your reading, Without content what your reading will not make since.
- What foundational truth did you discover ? Ex: Isaiah 40:8- “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever”. Foundational Truth: What was true about God’s word back then is true now as well. For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope-Romans 15:4
- What does this truth teach me about God? Ex: What this word in Isaiah teaches me about God is He still cares about the concerns and issues of His children today and that His love is forever.
- What does this truth teach me about myself? Ex: The word from Isaiah 40:8 teaches me about myself is that I need something in my life that is lasting, something that I can count on when everything else around me falls away.
- How can my life change for the better if I apply this truth? Ex: If I invest more in the word of God which is lasting, my faith grow. I am filled with hope and can experience lasting joy, no matter what challenges I face.
- What step will I take to start living this truth in my life starting today? Ex: I will study at least on verse of scripture each week and meditate on that scripture verse throughout the week, so that I am
Mindful Living Tip: Commit to being a Woman of the Word. Get started now. Choose a verse of scripture to study and watch as your start to experince more joy, peace, and fulfilment in your everyday life. I am making the same comittement.
My prayer is that you will be a forever student of God’s word, armed with the tools you need to help you become a Woman of the Word, someone who is prepared to encourage and uplift others as well as yourself with God’s truthes, attributes, and grace.