One of the things emphasized at our church is the study of God’s Word. There may be no greater or profitable enterprise than the study of the Bible. It brings life and light into a person’s life.
Why study the Word of God? What are we to do with the Word of God? Let me give you two things that happen when we delve into the Word of God with purpose.
First, the Word of God helps us develop an intimate, loving relationship with our Creator. Jesus said to the religious leaders of His day, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” John 5:39-40
The ultimate goal of the Word is not the scripture itself, but an encounter with the living God through Christ. A. W. Tozer wrote, “The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men and women to an intimate an satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself is the core and center of their hearts.” (A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, 1982, p. 10).
An effective study of God’s Word will help us develop our relationship with Him as we come to know him more intimately. It is virtually impossible to know Him fully without studying His Word.
Secondly, we are meant to not just know God’s Word, but to do God’s Word. Jesus said in John 13:17 “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” Blessing comes from Jesus’ words if you do them. Jesus also taught that the way to show that we love Him is to obey Him. He said in John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”
James puts it very succinctly and clearly. He wrote, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” It’s delusional to think that just hearing or reading or knowing God’s Word will gain us very much at all.
And so, it is my prayer for us all that we study the Word of God and gain from it what God intends… an intimate, loving relationship with Him as we do what the Word says.
Something to think about…