Why Study

 

Once a week we sit across from one another at a local coffee shop. Each week she sits there and shares her heart with me. We talk about life, and its struggles. We share our ups and downs of the week. Some weeks, we spend time talking about the victory we have tasted…but we also talk about the failures, and honestly there are seasons where the failures are a bigger, more frequent topic of conversation.  Usually our conversation ends with a battle plan for the week. This morning was no different. We’ve seen the Lord at work in our hearts, we’ve tasted failure, and we’ve rejoiced in the small successes.

As I reflect on our times together, I try to imagine what they would be like if we didn’t have the Word as our guide. What would we talk about if we didn’t know that LIFE and HOPE come from pouring through scripture? What if we didn’t have a verse or two to cling to during the day to do struggles of life? What if we hadn’t listened to His Word preached, or sat down in the quiet of our home to pour over the scriptures?  How would we KNOW the Lord was speaking to us? What would we pray about? Where would we find the beauty in the mundane? What would give us strength to FIGHT for more? How would we know TRUTH? How could we taste victory and know grace in the midst of failure? How would we write a battle plan?

Think about your own life without the Word of God. How would you have made it to today? How would your view of life be shaped? What would be the lens through which you view your circumstances?

I read recently that God doesn’t hold up a mirror without holding out a lamp. We need a mirror to look deeply into our own souls and see our sin and need of a Savior. We also need a Light to illumine the path before us. Without the Light and the Lamp my times with my friend would be directionless! We need to study His Word, so we can know the Lord, see His Words for us as His children, and so we can know how to live in the midst of life’s daily struggles, and so we can wage war with the desires of our flesh.

The Word is foundational! Just take a look at what it reveals about itself…

For the word of God is living and activesharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

–Hebrews 4:12

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. –2 Timothy 3:16

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. –Psalm 119:105

“It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”  –Matthew 4:4

 

 

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.–Romans 15:4

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. –John 1:1

 

 

Brooke Ritterbush
Acting Director of Transform Student Ministries

 

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