Saturday, June 18, 2011
“I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways” (Psalm 119:15 KJV).
The King James Bible contains 791,328 words. Considering what God could have written, His Word is a rather short book! The Bible is a supernatural book, so it takes studying. It speaks of events that are not what we consider “everyday experiences.” Its occasional symbolic language makes learning it sometimes difficult.
But, if we have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Holy Spirit resides in us. He gives us the capacity needed to understand God’s written Word: “Which things we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (1 Corinthians 2:13).
The Apostle Paul told Timothy, “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things” (2 Timothy 2:7). We need to “consider” God’s Word. Think about what you read in God’s Word. Recall that 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us that we need to “study” the Bible, not just casually skim through it: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Christ called Bible study “searching the scriptures” (John 5:39). In Acts 17:10,11, we read only once of the believers of Berea: “These 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.” The Bereans actually studied the Bible to see if what they heard was true—they did not just shout “Amen!” to everything they heard.
We may not always understand everything in the Bible, but we are to meditate day in and day out in God’s Holy Scriptures! Study your King James Bible, and think about what was written by asking questions. How does it compare to other Scriptures? Is it a doctrine supported by the Apostle Paul? How can this apply to your life?
“Consider what I say, and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.”