Let’s face it. Oftentimes when we hear the words Bible study we immediately relate it to one of our least favorite and most feared words … homework. And we run shrieking and screaming into the streets …
OK, so I have exaggerated just a bit … a very little bit.
Homework … despite the love-hate relationship we have with it beginning from childhood … is an essential in building the brainpower, knowledge and skills needed throughout life.
But I fear that simple correlation … Bible study equates to Homework … causes most to miss one of the greatest and grandest adventures in life … the adventure found IN and THRU the words of God. After all, there is no grade given and no consequences for not doing this biblical homework … or so we fool ourselves into believing.
And in contrast to our life-long nemesis homework, the adventure IN the words of God builds up, shapes and nourishes our mind, heart, soul and spirit while at the same time also building an intimate relationship between us and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
A relationship … I might add … like most relationships … that demands time, trust and truth. A relationship of two-way communication … one in which you reveal bits of yourself to Him (bits He already knows by the way) and one in which He reveals bits of Himself to you (bits you are oftentimes clueless about). And Scripture is at the heart of those two-way revelations.
Unlike most adventure books you read, the Bible is not intended to be simply read and then put back on the shelf … one more literary work experienced. No, unlike our nemesis above the words of God are intended to be our lifelong companion. While the study of the words of God is indeed an adventure itself, those words also prompt us, lead us, equip us and accompany us throughout the adventure called life … that God has prepared in advance for us to journey through.
Like all adventures, the adventure IN the words of God demands that …
- The adventurer must have passion for what’s before him or her
- The adventurer must be committed to see it through
- The adventurer must be well equipped
As believers, we find ourselves in the hands of the Divine Outfitter. Lord willing, in the coming days perhaps I can share some insights into Scripture and God’s equipping that will encourage an embrace of this adventure for you … the missed adventure found IN the words of God.
Please pray for me as the writer … and I will pray for you as the reader …