To know God so that He actually speaks to us through His Word takes regular, effective Bible Study. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Acts 17:11 says, “These [Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” It’s imperative for the child of God to search the Scriptures daily and study the Word of God to know Him as He desires for us to know Him.
1. The Believer Must Prepare Himself To Study God’s Word.
Prepare yourself by being diligently committed. Paul used the word “workman” to young Timothy. It literally means a laborer. You don’t gain Bible knowledge by being a casual student of the Word. Bible study is hard work and it takes daily discipline.
Prepare yourself by being morally clean. Peter (1 Peter 2:1-2) demanded that the Christian put away an immoral lifestyle in order to grow in God’s Word. If we insist on practicing certain sins, the sincere milk of the Word won’t settle all that well – we might end up with spiritual indigestion.
2. Schedule The Best Time To Study God’s Word.
Remember, what doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done. It’s not that we don’t have time to study God’s Word, it’s that we don’t make time. The Psalmist said in Psalm 119:173, “I have chosen thy precepts.” He made a choice to prioritize God’s Word. If you want to get serious about Bible reading and study you will have to reset your priorities.
Two things to think about as it relates to scheduling your Bible Study:
1. The Bible consistently teaches that we need to seek the Lord with the first part of our day.
Psalm 5:3, “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” As one preacher said, “We don’t take trips, then look at the map.” We need not to try to go through our daily routine without receiving God’s instruction and direction first.
2. It should be early, but it needs to be the best time we can give God.
Have time when you are physically alert and mentally aware. 1 Peter 1:13 reminds us that we need to “Gird up the loins of your mind.” Study your Bible when you can give your best physically, mentally, and spiritually to God.
3. Designate A Specific Place To Study God’s Word.
When designated a place to study God’s Word the believer should be primarily be concerned with finding a place to be alone with God. Jesus said in Matthew 6:6, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” The “closet” Jesus speaks of is not necessarily a clothes coset, but rather an isolated place. The believer needs to get alone with God in order that he might shut the door to the world and open the window of heaven.
Jesus set this example for us. Matthew 14:23, “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” Dr. Adrian Rogers said, “The secret place is the sacred place.”
Why should we seek to be alone?
1. It keeps us from hypocrisy – what we are alone is who we really are.
2. It helps us avoid distractions.
No matter where your designated place is make sure it’s, at least, a time when you can be alone with God. Away from the TV, computer, the kids, etc. Get alone with God. Give Him your best time and your best place!
How To Study Your Bible is continued as a Part 2. It will be available through this blog soon.