Why Should Students Study God’s Word?: Personal Relationship, No Third Party

 

Have you ever met a person and became fast friends because you just “clicked”? What do you do after that? I am guessing most people would say that they would make the effort to get to know that person as much as possible. You would probably keep up with them on Facebook & Twitter, text them and talk to them often right? Why? Because you legitimately want to know them! Personally, I desire genuine relationships where I really know the other person. Well, the same thing can be said about God. He knows us more than anyone else! Psalm 139:13,16 says “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb… Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them”. It’s a safe assumption that God knows us!

So, if we are in a relationship with God, how do we know Him? I think one of the most important ways is to study the Word of God. I am SO glad that when we accept the Lord as Savior and follow Him, we receive the Holy Spirit who leads us and guides us in the way we are to live!! But I am so thankful that God gave us the Bible so that we can study it and use it as our worldview, to help us make decisions, to show us how to live, but also to know God. To know God is to know His Word. The character of God is all throughout Scripture. When we study the Word, we can know how to please God. We can know without a doubt what breaks God’s heart. We can know how He feels about us!

While studying the book of Luke a few weeks ago, something hit me for the first time. In Luke 4 Jesus is being tempted by Satan.  Satan tells Jesus that if He is the Son of God, to turn the stones into bread. In Jesus’ reply, he quotes part of Deuteronomy 8:3 and says “Man shall not live on bread alone”.  When we read Deuteronomy 8:3 the last part of the verse says “but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord”.  How are we to live by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord if we don’t know what His Word says?

Sometimes the idea of studying the Word can seem overwhelming! Sometimes I will look at everything that needs to be studied and I begin to panic because I don’t have enough time in one sitting to study it all. Well, if you only have 25 minutes one day, just study hardcore for those 25 minutes! Then, the next day if you have 35 minutes or however long you have, study hardcore! The point is not to study tremendous amounts, but to really study and truly know and apply what you’re studying. In other words, it’s quality not quantity!

If one of my really good friends was traveling from Michigan and was passing through Chattanooga and wanted to visit for 25 minutes, I would definitely want to visit with them. I would also make the visit count. Well, the same idea applies to studying the Word. It’s important to study the Word, but it’s even more important to study it at a pace that will allow you to really study it, know it and apply it!

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Lindsey, born and raised in Michigan uprooted and moved to Chattanooga, TN in 2011. Lindsey first came to Transform Student Ministries as a student at our summer camp. She has served on staff at many of our events, interned in the summer of 2011 and is now on staff full time at Precept Ministries International. If I could describe Lindsey in one word, it would be Passionate. This girl lives full on, and it shows in all she says and does! 

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