Have you ever read the Bible and felt like it was just too hard to understand? Have you been tempted to give up on reading and studying it all together? Then I have good news for you, sister.
You can study the Bible for yourself, without having to rely on a written Bible study, devotional book, Christian living book, professor, or even pastor to tell you what it says. You can interpret it on your own and come to an accurate understanding of what it teaches. How? Read on!
4 Truths about Studying the Bible for Yourself
The Holy Spirit within you is the One who guides you into all truth.
From the moment you place saving faith in Christ and are saved, the Holy Spirit of God takes up residence within you. In John 14:26 Jesus said, “ 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 things that I said to you.”
As we approach the Word of God, not only is it a book that is “living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12), but it is also the very source of the truth of God which the Holy Spirit is helping us to understand and interpret.
God wants to reveal Himself and His Word to you.
My Thursday Bible study friends and I recently went through a study that blew us all away, entitled Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God by Henry Blackaby. In it, Henry makes the point that God yearns to reveal Himself to us and teach us His ways and His truth. He isn’t hiding from us. He wants us to know Him.
Remember this as you come to His Word – this realization will go a long way towards providing you with the encouragement and confidence you need in order to truly believe that you can study and interpret the Word for yourself.
The reality is that never before has there been such an abundance of amazing resources at our fingertips to aid us in understanding God’s Word. From commentaries and Bible dictionaries to lexicons and concordances, there is no end to the resources you can acquire which will help you study cross-references, the Hebrew and Greek words of the Old and New Testaments, what the culture was like during the times in which the Bible was written, etc.
The truth is that you don’t have to be a pastor or seminary graduate to understand the Bible! Utilize the resources around you.
Technology can be a huge help.
Many of us find it hard to study the Bible because we just don’t think we have the time to do so. But this isn’t the case. We make time for whatever is of utmost importance to us, and the practice of studying the Bible is no different. The great news is that, in this age of technology, options abound for how you can easily make the time to get into the Word of God even in the midst of your busy schedule.
From audio versions of the Bible and Bible-reading apps to Bible-based podcasts and other online resources, getting the Word of God into your day has never been easier – if you allow it to be!
I hope you walk away today feeling encouraged, sister, by the realization that you truly can study and understand the Bible for yourself!
If you ever doubt that, you need only look to the Lord Himself, remembering the truth of Psalm 28:7 – “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.”