I used to find it hard to sit down and spend time reading God’s word. Well, OK, I still do at times. I think my biggest hindrance is thinking of everything that needs to get done in a day. The ‘to do’ list never seems to get much shorter. There is always something pressing to do – and when there is that pressure, remaining focused on reading something from God’s word grows even more difficult. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has this struggle! I, mean, I absolutely LOVE God’s Word. I adore it. But life tends to get in the way. I have to constantly remind myself of all the benefits of studying His Word. How about you? Do you need that, too? If so, let me help you a bit with 10 Worth-It Benefits Of Bible Study.
I Need Nourishment
When I am in His word, my soul is well-nourished. And a well-nourished spirit is full of joy, grace, and love. Good nourishment does not come from ‘fast food’. It comes from a hearty diet of healthy ‘food’ – something substantial that satisfies. That only comes from digging into God’s word.
Quality – Not Quantity
One other thing I keep in mind for my Bible Study time is that it isn’t necessarily the quantity of time or the length of the passage I am ready. But it is more about getting something that convicts me, makes me think, offers a new revelation or a new perspective, or fills a need like peace or comfort. This can take as little as 10 minutes and the passage can be as short as one verse. I think this is one of the HUGE reasons why I love Pam Forster’s Bible studies. She knows full well the rigors of raising a family and understands that Bible study can be hard to commit to with little people pulling at your skirt. Her studies are very short, but they give so much nourishment. And they are free;)
What Do I Do?
Another benefit of committing to a deep study of God’s Word is that you find God’s will for life. Often, we get so caught up in trying to decide what to do with our lives. We then forget that the Bible has answers to that question. Not answers like should I go back to school or find a new job – but rather am I giving God glory with my life and am I sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ? If the answers to questions like that are a ‘yes’, then you know God’s will for your life.
Is That True?
There are a lot of clichés (like this one…and this one) and false teachings out there. Whether it be from the world or from the pulpit. When you are in God’s Word regularly, it is easier to identify those platitudes and false teachings. Discernment develops. Our Godly wisdom is cultivated.
He Makes All Things New – Including Me
Through studying His Word, I have experienced an incredible amount of healing. New Life has been breathed in to my soul. His Truth brings healing. How can it not?
To Encourage Well
When we know God’s Word, it is much easier for us to encourage others with His truth. We can offer Godly wisdom to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are hurting. We can remind them of God’s truth.
To Witness Well
The Word of God enables us to witness to others effectively. My son gave this example – when an unbeliever asks us a question, we can be prepared with a Biblical response instead of just saying “I don’t know”. This knowledge doesn’t come by osmosis – it comes from knowing God’s word and learning to apply it to our lives.
To Be Amazed
When I really start digging into God’s word, I discover really cool things. For example, do you know what “under the fig tree” means? No? I didn’t either until I started digging. And when I came to understand what that phrase really meant, my understanding was deepened on other matters. I just love uncovering incredible tidbits of treasure! I certainly wouldn’t unearth these things if I wasn’t studying His Word.
I struggle with memorizing. It is so hard for me to memorize. I’ve always had this challenge with any kind of memorization task. Trying to memorize multiplication facts in school was torture for me (I loathed those stupid flash cards!) – I found out well into my adulthood that the reason was because I think so differently as a visual-spatial person. Combining rote memorization with a visual-spatial brains is like trying to mix oil and water. It just won’t happen. Our minds don’t work that way. Concentrated study of God’s word helps me to hide it deeply within my heart. I can remember it easier.
My final point is studying God’s word helps me to know, with supernatural confidence, who Jesus is. I can grow in confidence in my faith because I firmly believe in the identity of Jesus Christ. There is so much in this world that attempts to plant seeds of doubt in our hearts – is God really good? Why are all these bad things happening? Does Jesus really care about me? Believe me, I know. I’ve been there. I’ve doubted Him completely.
About a month ago, I was looking for a Bible Study for the Book of John. I didn’t find anything that would lead me to dig deep through the entire book. So, I got the idea to just dive in myself. Why not, right?
And then another idea came to me (see, this is how God works. He gives ideas). Why not invite people within my AWOG FB discussion group to join me in reading John. Accountability is good, after all! So, I started ‘leading’ a little ‘study’ in my discussion group.
AND THEN…I had another idea. Instead of making the study simple in that it is just reading and memorizing a verse…why not start asking some questions that not only require me to really dig in, but those who are studying with me as well?? That’s such a FANTASTIC idea! let’s do it! It is plain and simple in a FB post, but it works.
AND THEN…can you guess what? I had yet another idea…why not create an ‘upgrade’ for this study and offer it to my group peeps at a SUPER-DUPER discount? So, I started doing that, too. God was kind of saying, “Aimee, you’re already doing the hard part. Why not make it better?”. In my study, there will be a short video introducing each chapter, charts, worksheets with pretty awesome questions…and much more.
Do you see what God did here? If He had said right away, “Aimee, write a bible study with all of these components (worksheets, video, etc), I would have felt overwhelmed by the idea. Instead, He gently brought me to that place with baby steps. He is so good!