Bible Study Method or Madness?

We’ve all done it.  There is that yearly Bible reading plan or latest Beth Moore study and we dig in with earnest sure that we will devote ourselves all the way through to the end.  But then life happens and we tell ourselves that the plan or study doesn’t suit us.  Some time passes and we hear about a new system of study, an online devotional that emails the daily devotion right to our phones, or a book that came out by a favorite author of ours who may not be a Bible teacher but intersperses Scripture throughout the chapters.   We feel spiritual.  Our hearts are warm towards good things like family, the poor, relationships, being industrious, and being culturally savvy.  We support non-profits through our clothing, jewelry, handbags, and coffee.  We are responsible.  We only buy fair trade, and we are well informed.  The only problem is that we are not firmly planted.

A friend gets sick…like cancer sick…

Another friend’s marriage is hanging on by a thread…

We have doubts…we struggle to believe…

Should we take that job?….

How should we discipline our kids?…

The fires in California…

The floods in Louisiana…

And our own longing for answers…for hope.

What will we hold on to?  How will we persevere under trial?  Where will we turn when our world turns upside down?

Simply put.  God’s Word.  The method we use is superfluous.  But when we break open the scriptures as they are with or without studies, tools, resources, commentaries, and drink the pure, spiritual milk of the Word we meet God.  Supplemental aids can help, but they are not necessary, and sometimes they may even be a distraction.

So, my encouragement, dear reader, is to not get overwhelmed with all of the “offerings” out there, nor feel guilty for not completing a study or starting the latest and greatest “hot off the press” workbook from that Christian publisher.  It is okay.  Just open your Bible.  Breathe it in and digest its truth.  Let it fill your thoughts and flow from your mouth.  If this is all you have time for…if this is all you do, then this is enough, because after all, the system is not what grows you anyway.  God and His Word is enough.  Walk in faith and freedom today.  And just read your Bible.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12


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