Thursday, April 14, 2016

Why Study the Word?

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

The title of this eDevotion may seem like an odd one to you because, most likely, you wouldn’t be reading this devotion if you didn’t think it was necessary or, at least, profitable. Unfortunately, some Christ followers come up with excuses for not doing so. Among the most common are, “It’s too difficult to understand,” and “It’s boring.” 

First, you don’t have to be a skilled theologian with Seminary training to be equipped to study and understand the Scriptures. Frankly, I think that is a weak excuse to soothe the conscience from neglecting the duty to study.

Now, don’t let this big word scare you, but the Reformers answered excuses like this by advocating the perspicuity of Scripture. What is that? It means that not all the Bible is equally clear, but the basic message is very clear. In other words, if you read the Bible, you can grasp the essential elements of it. 

Second, how can anyone legitimately claim the Bible is boring or they need someone to make it come alive! The Bible is filled with drama, passion, crime, intrigue — scheming, conniving, double-dealing underhandedness. You know, the kind of stuff you watch on television every day! Although the setting may be foreign to us, the issues biblical characters faced are common to us.

Why study the Word? To keep growing! Our goal is to ultimately become more like Christ and be pleasing to God in all of life. It is a life-long goal, but it is achieved when we patiently, and daily, study the Word. 

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

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