I’m sure you’ve had the experience where something seemed like such a daunting task you decided it wasn’t even worth trying because you felt you were only setting yourself up for failure. Bible study can be similar to that. The Bible is such an intimidating book with so much contained in it, we feel there is no way we could hope to understand it.
If many of us picked up an Advanced Physics textbook right now and started flipping through it, I’m sure we’d come to the same conclusion, “This doesn’t make any sense to me and I am overwhelmed even considering the thought of trying to learn all this.” I would argue the Bible contains more in quantity and value than an Advanced Physics textbook.
You should feel overwhelmed. You should feel incapable. You should feel there is no way you could ever hope to grasp everything within the pages of Scripture. There’s not a human alive that could grasp everything within the pages of Scripture, regardless of their IQ or spiritual maturity.
You are in desperate need of the Holy Spirit of God to intervene and help you understand the truths written in scripture.
26 I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. 27 But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.1 John 2:26-27
Don’t believe the lies you need someone to teach you what the Bible says. Don’t believe the lies the Bible is beyond your reach or you’ll never comprehend what it says. Dive in and be faithful in reading the Word. Give the Holy Spirit time to and opportunity to illuminate and help you grasp the Word.
The first step is reading the Word. Begin to read the Word and come to the reading with the knowledge you will NOT understand everything. That is okay. You still won’t understand everything the 100th time you read it. If you understood it all you’d be God.
The second step is learning to dig deeper. There are tons of resources out there to help you dig deeper. There are video series, free software, study bibles, etc. Take a few minutes and google it. Pick up “How to Study the Bible” by John MacArthur or “How to Study Your Bible” by Kay Arthur. Take a look at www.thebibleproject.com. There are some great videos to help you understand a few of the concepts in digging deeper.
The third step is application. Learn how to apply what you’re learning or you’re just wasting your time. The purpose of Bible study isn’t to simply know more. It’s to give the Bible opportunity to change us and challenge us. If we’re not drawing closer to Christ, what’s the point?
My encouragement to you is to dive into the Word. It will change your life. Learn to how pursue God through His Word and you will never be the same. Make Bible study a lifetime pursuit and you will never regret it.