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For Christmas 2015, I received a Bible study book titled, Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin.
At first I wasn’t sure what to expect from the pages of this relatively thin book.
I’ve spent a lot of time reading study guides for various themes or books within the Bible, and I figured this would be similar.
I was correct on only one part.
It is a book on studying the Bible.
What it ISN’T is a manufactured Bible study.
Within the first seven chapters of the book, the author shows you how to approach the study of any book in the Bible (and preferably every book in the Bible) for optimal literacy.
This includes studying with the five “Ps”:
Bible literacy isn’t a phrase I was familiar with.
What is Bible Literacy?
According to the Northwest Centre for Biblical and Theological Literacy,
Biblical Literacy describes the ability and motivation of people to read the Bible with sufficient understanding so that they can explain its basic meaning, having sufficient knowledge and skill to use resources that enable them to discern the basic meaning of a biblical text. It includes the ability to apply this discerned meaning, i.e. biblical wisdom, to contemporary life.”
Since I’d focused on the word Joy for the year, I realized I need a better scriptural understanding of it.
I didn’t want to understand how a single verse on “joy” applied to me, but how that verse applied to the bigger picture of God’s love and plan for everyone.
Only then would I be able to see how it applied to me in the present and future.
Why You Should Become a Woman of the Word
In a day and age when more and more people are not only turning away from God, but are antagonistic towards anyone who dares to trust in Him, it is important for us to have a clear, educated understanding of God’s Word.
The Bible is the inerrant Word of God.
It doesn’t change.
It isn’t corrupt.
People will tell you you’re wrong.
They’ll offer you opinion stated as fact.
Some will twist the scriptures to fit their personal agenda.
We must know what the Bible says and what it means–both historically and applicably.
Our own relationship with Christ might not be affected by their misunderstandings, but our children’s relationships might be.
The Bible is Not a Fairy Tale
The Bible was provided for us so that we would know what was expected of us, and what we could in turn expect from our God.
Within the sixty-six books of the Bible we learn how to raise our children, love our spouses, and how to love our neighbors while not loving or applauding their sins.
We see the great love, righteousness and compassion of God who created EVERYTHING, and loves us without fail.
People read these stories and consider them fairy tales.
Stories made up to explain away situations they otherwise had no answers for.
As Christians we know this isn’t the case.
The Old Testament gives us a detailed account of all the things we shouldn’t do–and how God loved the Israelites so much that he forgave them time and time again; finally disciplining out of love when they refused to listen.
In the New Testament we see the miracles.
The unbelievable, awe-inspiring, miracles of Jesus.
Jesus Performed Miracles: The End
There are people who will latch on to these miracles and claim they didn’t happen.
That they couldn’t happen.
The only problem with their argument: It’s wrong.
Jesus performed miracles.
This is a fact.
A fact supported by historical research; not just research done by people predisposed to seeing miracles, but also by secular historians and scholars.
If we don’t study the Bible, we won’t be able to respond to those who haven’t discovered their faith in Jesus.
As a mother I need to be able to guide my children; to help them find the answers they seek, and to know how to articulate the truth when confronted by their secular peers.
We also need to study the Bible, because it’s the voice of God speaking directly to each and every one of us.
When you have a relationship with someone, you spend time with them. You talk to them, ask questions about them, and seek answers to who they are.
The same thing needs to happen when you want a personal relationship with Christ.
You can’t expect a relationship–or an understanding of the scriptures–to happen if you’re not spending time together.
Women of the Word makes it possible to do more than just scan a verse and take it out of context, because it sounds like a verse to make you feel better about yourself.
The more time you spend with God (in prayer, in study, in contemplation) the closer you’ll get, and the more you’ll understand.
You don’t always need to spend hours diving deeply into the Word, but you need to meet up with God, in peace and quiet, each day.
There are dozens of ways to “fit” God into your day; between scrolling social media and running your kids to their activities.
However, we shouldn’t have to squeeze God in.
He should be our top priority.
After all, we’re His top priority.
I know it won’t be easy, but learning a new habit–especially one that will help you grow each and every day, isn’t always going to be easy, but it will always be worth it.
Then take a breath, and say hello to the only one who has loved you without ceasing since before you were born.
He’s been waiting for you.
“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.” -Proverbs 1:5
Until next time,
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