The Import Of Personal Bible Study

Long ago Ezra “had set his heart to seek the law of the Lord and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” (Ezra 7:10). Oh, that there were more people who had such a heart. God has given us revelation to make us and our children complete (Deut 29:29; 1 Tim 3:16). Within God’s revelation is all that pertains to life and godliness (2 Pe 1:3). How can we do the will of the Lord if we do not know it? David knew that we must read and study the Word day and night to get all its precepts in our minds and hearts (Ps 1:1,2; 19:7). By applying our hearts to this great task we can have more knowledge than the ancients and all our teachers.

Remember how Paul told Timothy that knowing the Holy Scriptures had made him wise unto salvation? He was prodded to use diligence to skillfully know and apply the teachings in God’s word by giving attention to reading, exhortation and teaching. I can think of no better advice to give to any person than what Paul told Timothy. If you leave this world without knowing your Bible you are of all men most to be pitied.

Jesus reminded the rich man, that his brothers had Moses and the prophets to guide them away from hell’s torments. But first a person would have to learn what those prophets said. A person can never know the Will of God without taking it in, thinking about it, and determining to obey it.

How much of the Word of God do you know? How many of the precious moments God gave you are you spending soaking up the meaning of His revelation? Tragically, the answer for most is few if any.

Let me encourage you to learn from actually opening the Word of God and reading, studying, ruminating and applying it. Don’t depend only on what your preacher or parents tell you. For you will give account for your own knowledge and application.

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