The title of this post is one of the assignments I’ve been given for Polishing the Pulpit, and what a great study it has been! I knew I would love it and need it.
Have you ever been to a ladies’ day or ladies’ retreat where the topic was fluffy? Where it seemed like the decorating theme must’ve taken precedence over the study theme? It’s all cotton candy and no meat (but it’s pretty!). Well, there’s nothing wrong with that. Ladies’ days and retreats are extras. They’re sweet times of fellowship meant to encourage and uplift. However, I think we sell ourselves (and our teen girls) short. I think we need to thirst for deeper waters so that we can be “filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, that we may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him… and increasing in the knowledge of God.” That was Paul’s prayer for the saints (Col. 1:9,10).
Knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual understanding. We won’t gain any of those unless we become serious about Bible study. Do you consider yourself a serious student of God’s Word? If not, why not? What could be more important? What could possibly take precedence in our lives over “increasing in the knowledge of God”? Believe you me, these are questions I’m asking myself, too.
Let’s encourage each other and let’s challenge each other to study for ourselves instead of just relying on the study that others have done. Serious Bible study is for all of us.
Prayer for Today: Your Word, Lord, is living and powerful. Help me be more convicted to spend quality time every day discovering its truths.