Studying God’s Word: A Command for Success Pt. 1

 

When I was asked to write a post on why students should study the Bible, my mind was filled with hundreds of ideas. The Word is my passion. God has used His Holy Scriptures to radically change my life. Through them, He has increased my love for Him and others, given me a strong foundation of truth on which to stand, and increased my joy of living a thousand-fold. But instead of me just telling you a bunch of stories about how the Word has changed me, why don’t we just jump into the Scriptures themselves to see what they say about why we should study them and what they can do for us.

The passage that God has told me to share with you is located in the book of Joshua chapter 1, verses 7-9. First, let me give you some context (Remember, context is king!).Moses,Israel’s great leader, has died leaving Joshua in command over all the people. Joshua’s task: leadingIsraelto take possession of a land already occupied by a multitude ofIsrael’s enemies. Sounds like a pretty formidable task to me! I am sure Joshua was getting pretty nervous about it. But then God shows up and tells Joshua that he will be victorious and give the people the Land. Let’s see what God says about how His Word relates to this victory.

 

 “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” NASB

 Why Study the Word?

 

Because we are commanded to:

 This point is really the driving idea behind this post. I think that one of the main reasons why people choose not to study the Bible on a regular basis is because they are afraid of it becoming a legalistic routine. Now, of course, no one wants to become a legalistic Pharisee, but I think that one of Satan’s greatest ploys is to convince Christians that studying the Word on a regular basis is legalism. Think about it! If he can cut you off from your source of life, or keep you from drinking of the Word regularly, then it will be much easier for us to grow distant from God and succumb to temptation. I can think of times in my life where I did not do my daily Bible study because I did not “feel in the right state of mind.” I was afraid that it would simply be something to cross of the checklist. NO! Christian, getting into the Word is what transforms your mind! You may be in a state of mind where studying would seem like an empty “work.” But I am telling you to get in anyway. God can take a something empty and fill it to overflowing proportions. Obey God’s command and watch him do miraculous work.

Then we will have success and prosper wherever we go:

The more we study the Word, the more we will become like God: Thinking his thoughts and acting as He would act. This is the first success! May God ever be transforming you, through his Word, into the image of Christ! As we are being conformed in surrender to His will, he will give us success in what He has called us to do. Because He never fails to accomplish His will. As in Joshua’s case, this does not come without hardships, but God accomplished much through Joshua because he did not turn to the right or left from God‘s Word. Obedience leads to success.

He will be with us:

Remember this: God is present in His Word. Through the words on the page of your Bible God speaks directly to you. And as you take His Word with you, meditating on it day and night, He will be with you. This is how you will have success wherever you go. (Just take a minute to think about the truth that the LORD is with you).

 

Note from the Editor: Richard wrote WHY we should study God’s Word according to Joshua. Read HOW we are to apply this Scripture in our own lives in Part 2 on Monday, Jan 11th! 

 

If you happen to know Richard you know that he lives with purpose! Richard has been around the Precept Ministries for years and has most recently served as one of our summer interns. Richard attends Lee University and hopes to someday be a college professor.

 

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03.08.13

Psalm 19:7-11

The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Thy servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward.”

03.08.13

[…] Note: Richard wrote in his Part One Blog on Friday about the WHY we should study the Bible. This Part TWO blog is HOW we should apply what we learned […]

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