Keys to Bible study 1
'Your commands have no limits.' Psalm 119:96 NLT
Ever noticed that you can read a verse in the Bible several times, and discover something different each time? It's like shining light on a diamond. Each time you turn it slightly, you see another facet of its beauty. The Bible is different from every other book we'll ever read. The psalmist wrote, 'To all perfection I see a limit; but your commands are boundless' (Psalm 119:96 NIV). There's no limit to the things we can discover in God's Word.
But sometimes we feel we're not learning anything from the Bible, and we can become frustrated and discouraged. The key is not to give up in seeking understanding. When you feel that way, here's something to try: study the same Scripture for a few days. In that time, ask God any questions you have about that Scripture, and ask him to show you what he's trying to teach you through it. Maybe even read up on any other verses that cross-reference with it. Or ask your pastor or a trusted friend for their perspective on that particular verse. There's no limit to the number of times you can study a verse, no limit to the number of questions you can ask, no limit to the ways you can apply biblical guidance to your life.
So, keep on reading your Bible and keep asking questions.
So what now? Is there a particular Bible verse that you've always struggled with? Commit to reading it this week, and ask God to reveal new shades of meaning each day.
Soulfood: Isa 8-11 Luke 1:26-38 Ps 10:1-11 Pro 1:10-16,