One facet of this gift and purpose of Bible study as our guide is that through it, we seek and find wisdom. The Word tells us that Jesus became to us wisdom from God (1 Corinthians 1:30). All of Scripture points us to the One who fills us with it, the Christ who IS our Wisdom.
Hear what John Piper said about our studying Scripture and its connection to our JOY:
“I believe all men have this in common: that they want to be happy. They do not all agree on what brings the greatest happiness, but they do all long to have it. And this longing is not bad. It is good. Evil consists in trying to find happiness in ways that displease and dishonor God. Goodness consists in finding happiness in ways that please and honor God….
Of course this does not mean that there is no discipline, no self-denial. ‘If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it’ (Mark 8:34, 35). But it is clear from Jesus’ words that self-denial is a means to saving our lives. This means simply that we must stop seeking our happiness in one way and start seeking it in another. Therefore what sets Christians off from the world is not that we have given up on the universal quest for happiness, but that we now seek our happiness from a different source and in different ways. We have learned from Jesus, who ‘for the joy set before him endured the cross’ (Hebrews 12:2), that the joy we seek may require that we choose to suffer for Christ’s sake…
So I take it to be a great and wonderful and liberating truth that God made us to be eternally happy. And I find great help in viewing the Bible as God’s guidebook to joy. We ought to view the Bible as a divine prescription for how to be cured of all unhappiness. The medicine it prescribes is not always sweet, but the cure it brings is infinite and eternal joy at God’s right hand (Psalm 16:11).”
You can find the entirety of his sermon by clicking here.
Join me tomorrow for Day 10 of this series on Embracing the GRACE of Bible study as we begin exploring a third grace-gift of Bible study. Catch up on previous posts by clicking the button above.