Pens, notes, books and lectures!
During my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, there were definitely those times when I spent hours trying to assimilate lecture notes and text books. Eventually, they began to make meaning over time. I’m sure most would agree that assimilation comes mostly by successive study. I often found myself studying the same lecture notes and books over and over again until comprehension finally became the state of mind. I realised this principle could be applied to the word of God.
It’s never a mere occurrence or coincidence you picked your Bible to read, your spirit must have led you to it one way or the other. It’s always refreshing going through the word of God, after all it strengthens one’s faith and guides our thoughts towards God. Countless of times when I read my Bible, I realized upon the final verse that many of the sentences I had read where a bit unclear. But alas! I have already put my Bible away feeling justified that I read the Bible that day. Truthfully speaking, that had no effect in my Christian life and probably didn’t fulfil the purpose of studying the word of God.
The purpose of the word of God is not new to anyone although understanding is a yardstick which can be used to measure the effectiveness of our study and meditation on the word of God. Just like our academic materials which required successive study, the Bible must be understood in order for it to have meaning, take up a substantial part of our knowledge and begin to trickle into our experience in the course of our Christian walk.
The present age has provided many materials that can guide us in understanding the scriptures. These include various Biblical translations, concordances, messages, devotionals etc. The greatest guide is the Holy Spirit who has the ability to guide and direct us in the course of our Biblical study. All these put together with a desire for interest and understanding of the word of God wouldn’t only acquire you Biblical knowledge but would begin to have an effect in your Christian life.