Many women struggling to study the Bible say that a significant obstacle they face is not knowing HOW. We believe the Spirit is the Teacher, but what are his methods? How do we cooperate with him in applying our minds to learn God’s Word? We’ve tried just reading, and it gets confusing. We long for HELP and we don’t know where to find it. Sadly, there’s sometimes very little of it. An abundance of Bible teaching is available, but it’s rarer to come across teaching on how to learn for ourselves.

That’s why I’m excited to begin discussing the third of these graces of Bible study we’re counting throughout this 31 Day series:

Gift #3: Bible study can be LEARNED!

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What an amazing thing! We’re not stuck with only the knowledge we were born with; our minds get to grow! Our knowledge is cultivated through a process of learning. Understand that it will take time to know God’s Word, to learn how to approach it and examine it like a student. The learning will come in layers, and we need to be patient with the process. Don’t get stalled because you have to wait for it; please remember that it’s supposed to work that way.

I love the word picture found in Psalm 119:130:

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”

That unfolding, the peeling back of truth one layer at a time, is delightful. Think about it: we know God’s Words give light, but this verse says the process itself gives light. There is joy to be found in the unfolding. Embrace it instead of fearing it.

What exactly do we fear? I think some of us fear we don’t know enough, that we won’t be able to learn and that we’re not smart enough for this. Leave it to the experts, we say. But remember the last part of that verse. To whom does it impart understanding? Not the already-wise!

If you struggle with feelings of inadequacy surrounding knowledge of God’s Word, my biggest hope would be that you really hear this:

YOU, with your inadequacy, are exactly who Bible study is for. I’m pretty certain you’re not going to hear the Bible’s message if you think you already know everything! Pride hinders hearing from God, and self-reliance does not pave the way to wisdom.

Our entry point into the kingdom of Christ was brokenness and humility, and it’s no different with how we come into a disciplined Bible study life. If you can’t get over how weak you feel in this area, then I say, Good! START THERE.

If you’re a beginner student of God’s Word and you relate to any of those feelings and fears, please ask God to meet you right there in it. Ask him to keep you humble as you take your first steps in learning to study the Bible, and embrace that it is the only acceptable place to start or continue a journey in God’s Word.

Don’t forget God’s heart:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. – 2 Corinthians 12:9

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Come back tomorrow as we dive deeper into the beautiful grace of LEARNING to study the Bible.