Everyone who knows me knows that I can’t understand a game, instructions or directions without someone else explaining to me how they work. That’s just the way I am and always have been. Studying scripture has been no different.
When I became a Christian at age 55, I asked others how they studied. Some said they go to Church to learn, others join Bible studies, some watch TV evangelists or join small groups; still others said they get together in prayer meetings or go out for coffee with Christians and hold discussions. When asked, many people said they didn’t do any studies on their own because they really couldn’t understand the meanings of the scripture.. They were satisfied learning and sharing with others. So that’s what I did. I happily joined all sorts of groups offered by the church, but I still felt drawn to learn the Word of God through private study. I wondered “Why am I different than so many others. Was I jumping in with two feet, way too soon? Was I expecting too much from the scriptures? Or, and this was my worst thought, was I becoming a Bible fanatic?” (I’ve since learned that’s ok!) Over the next couple of years I tried and tried to understand the Word, but it always seemed just beyond my grasp; regardless I kept stumbling along on my own.
One day (after I had been a Christian for about 3 years) it finally dawned on me to ask God for help and he gave me understanding. He also arranged for me to meet with a married couple who were more than happy to share their ways of study and their knowledge with me. To this day, we get together as often as time allows and enjoy our talks of the Lord and Scripture. Soon after that, our Heavenly Father led me to different places and authors where I could easily understand the gospel. Oh my heart was so happy!
That was about 5 years ago and I still love studying God’s Word daily. My method is to pick out one part of scripture per day, read it and then meditate on it. Following that I go to many different authors and study what they have concluded. If I feel any conflict, then I always return to the Father for a better understanding. Following that I write my own synopsis of the scripture and end with a prayer. Last year I began to keep these on file so that, at any time, I can go back and re-read the Scriptures and have an understanding of them immediately. The Lord is so awesome to help me find ways to learn, at my own speed and level of understanding!
My home Church is all about Missions. I wanted a mission but didn’t feel drawn to go on trips, evangelize or the likes. I wanted something more behind the scenes. I have been waiting for the Lord to lead me in a particular direction.
In the past couple of weeks, I feel that the Lord is encouraging me to pass along what I have learned about The Word to others, who like me, find it difficult to understand Scripture. I believe that the Lord has been leading me these past 5 years and preparing me for this moment right now!
It’s in my heart to post my findings through a Blog. I pray that people will read the scripture of the day, meditate on it and then go on to read my interpretation and my prayer. Apart from this blog, I encourage everyone to study on their own and see what God has to say to them. Please don’t skip that part, it’s a very important aspect!
When we begin to get an understanding of the Word, our world becomes more peaceful and we become more content, knowing that our Father is always in complete control, regardless of how it looks to us.
I will be posting my blogs once per week.
I pray that anyone who reads my Blog will realize that I’m writing it in “LOVE”. Love for the Lord and love for His people.
While you may disagree with these interpretations, my only intention is to pass along what I have learned while studying the passages. I believe that we all need to share the knowledge that we have accumulated.
All for His glory!