“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” Ps 119:18 NIV
Here are some helpful keys to getting more out of your Bible study time: (1) Ask questions. The more questions you ask, the more you’ll get out of it. Who was this written to? What was the situation the writer was facing? What was the main message the author was trying to get through to them? As you ask these questions you’ll begin to discover things you’ve overlooked or never seen before. The Psalmist was a meditator and an in-depth studier of God’s Word. That’s why he prayed, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” (2) Write down the answers. The purpose of asking questions is to get answers. Dawson Trotman, founder of the Navigators, used to say, “Thoughts disentangle themselves as they pass through the lips and fingertips.” So have your notebook handy and write down the nuggets of truth God gives you. If you don’t, you’ll lose them. (3) Don’t just discover it, do it! Evangelist D. L. Moody said, “The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.” James wrote, “Do not merely listen to the word…Do what it says” (Jas 1:22 NIV). Ask yourself, “What attitudes do I need to change? What do I need to stop doing, or start doing? What do I need to believe, or stop believing? What relationships do I need to work on? What ministry should I be having to others?” Don’t go to your Bible with the attitude of finding some truth nobody’s ever seen before, or something to impress others with. Find out what God is saying to you.