(Part 3 in the series “Decisions Decisions”)
Psalm 119:105 describes God’s Word as “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
How is the Word of God these things?
There’s a man described in Psalm 1 – his greatest delight is the Word of God. He doesn’t just have a quick little 5 minute daily devotional in the morning, verse 2 says that he “meditates on it day and night”. Then, when hard times or uncertainty comes, “he is like a tree planted beside streams of water, bearing fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. He prospers in everything he does.”
Proverbs 7:1-3 tells me to “treasure God’s commandments, to keep them as the apple of my eye – to write the on the tablet of my heart“
Of course this doesn’t mean we need to sit and read our Bible all day long – that would be totally impractical, but we can get to a place where we are so steeped in God’s Word, that it becomes part of the fibre of who we are – until our way of thinking starts to change.
I have an Aunt who is German. She married my dad’s brother decades ago and speaks perfect Northern Ireland-style English with tiny bit of a German accent. I asked her once, “do you think in German or English?” and she said “English. I’ve lived here and spoken English for so long that I would have to re-train my mind to think in German again” That’s how we can become with the Word of God. Like my Aunt, we can get to the place where we have “lived there so long” that we start to think in God’s words
The Word of God is Our Number One Place For Finding Wisdom.
When you feel God is leading you a certain way, or you have a decision to make, what scriptures come to you during your personal Bible Study times that relate to your decision? Have you ever noticed how sometimes God has spoken to you through a verse in scripture and then you just keep hearing that same scripture in sermons, in conversations with people – over and over again?
I find it helpful to keep a journal – then, later when I read scriptures that I have written down, and notes that I have made about them, I’m often amazed when I see to a “common thread” running through my notes.
As you read the Bible you can ask God “what are you saying to me, personally through this?”
God’s Word is living and active, (see Hebrews 4:12 )
2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
Where to Start
Personally I find it’s better to have some sort of structured study plan. I sometimes pick a book of the Bible to work through over a period of time. Another time I might choose a topic that I want to work through for a couple of weeks. For about six months last year I read through all the ‘red letter’ scriptures in the Gospels (the parts recording where Jesus spoke) I had thought this study would take a month or so, but I found myself getting so absorbed in and captivated by the person of Jesus. I wanted to savour every word!
From cover to cover, God’s Word is Wisdom. It’s the inspired Word of God. I definitely wouldn’t advocate the what I call the Yellow Pages Method: we used to have an advert for the Yellow Pages phone book that said “let your fingers do the walking”. Some Christians hope to open their Bible, place their finger on a verse where the pages fall open, and expect the answers they seek to leap out of the pages. This can happen, but in my opinion it’s rare.
Personally, when God has spoken or confirmed something to me through His written Word it’s been through my regular, daily study plan.
If you’re looking for a great place to start, the book of Proverbs is is jam-packed with God’s wisdom for everyday living.
We are so blessed to have the Bible, God’s inspired Word, freely available to us in the Western World. The pages of His Word is a place to get to know Him and hear Him speak and direct.