A common struggle I hear from women frustrated in Bible study is that they don’t understand the Bible apart from lots of outside help. We crave learning from skilled teachers, and this isn’t a bad thing. It strengthens our faith to sit under God-appointed teaching and be blessed by the gifts He’s given people to build up the church, and this post is not meant to detract from the beautiful purposes God has for the teachers he’s gifted within the Body of Christ. We are wise to seek that out and learn from them.

But sometimes we rely only on the teachers we can see and forget all about the Perfect Teacher who indwells us.  The Spirit illuminates the truths in Scripture and applies them personally to our lives in conjunction with the transforming work he’s doing in our souls. We need him for that. And thank God it’s in the Holy Spirit’s job description:

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26)

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Later on in this series, we’ll talk more about the Spirit’s role in our learning, but for now, let me ask you this: Have you ever struggled to hear God speak to you? Do you wonder how others hear his voice when you rarely do?

We all know what it’s like to have specific questions that seem to go unanswered, and there could be millions of reasons why God at times doesn’t give us exactly what we’re looking for. But one thing is true: We do not serve a God who is silent; His Word is the testimony that HE HAS SPOKEN, and because the Word is living and active (see Hebrews 4:12), we can count on the fact that HE CONTINUES TO SPEAK. It may be that we don’t hear him because we’re not opening our Bibles and inviting the Spirit to make known what he’s saying.

It’s possible that we miss the grace of the Bible’s guidance because we’re so obsessed with needing direction about specific circumstances and problems in our lives that we forget to study the Bible just to know Jesus and learn his voice. Have you ever set up categories in your mind of things the Bible will speak to and things it won’t? I know I have. I’ve known it will direct me about what’s right and wrong in God’s kingdom but I’m sure it’s not going to say which job to take or what school our children should attend. And how do we usually approach those “grey-ish” areas of decision-making? I’ve often faced them by praying for discernment in those areas, for the Spirit to make known what I need to do.

But here’s the deal with how that works:

The Holy Spirit speaks the language of the Bible.

I don’t think we’re likely to recognize His speaking into our lives – in the general or specific – if we’re not committed to learning his language. It takes time and repeated, concentrated effort – like all relationships, but it is a mercy that our Father desires to communicate with us like this. Thank God today for the gift of his spoken Word and the Spirit who makes clear and aims those words straight to our hearts.

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This post is day seven in the series 31 Days of Embracing the GRACE of Bible Study. All previous posts can be found by clicking the button above.