There was a hotel advertising campaign a few years ago that featured ordinary people becoming extraordinarily smart after a night in this particular brand of hotel. After one night in this hotel, a businessperson was able to offer tips to a brain surgeon. The ads were amusing; however, the stories always seemed ridiculous. Clearly, we cannot increase our intelligence with a few hours of slumber.
“Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.” (Psa. 119:97-101, NIV)
The psalmist claimed that he became wiser when he studied God’s Word. So much so, that he had more insight than his teachers, elders, and his enemies. Because the Bible empowers, like the songwriter, the more time we spend with it, the smarter we become. This is a remarkable miracle that occurs each time we study scripture diligently.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure to work with an engineer who was formally employed by a prestigious automobile company. His understanding of the automobile was incredible. Further, his insight enabled another coworker to transform his son’s pinewood derby car into the fastest machine in the area. The more time we spent with him, the more we knew about vehicles.
God is the one who designed humans. As we study His thoughts about humanity, we gain understanding beyond our peers. From the subtle nuances of frustration to the unbelievable destructive power of pride, The Almighty can fathom it all. The psalmist’s discovery, that we can grow in understanding as we study what the Holy Spirit has written, still applies today.
“For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Prov. 2:6, NIV)
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12, NIV)
According to these passages, we can become smarter as we study the Word of God. Like studying with the greatest professor, our understanding deepens tremendously as He reveals things to us. This means that our personal Bible study time needs to be a priority. May the Almighty bless us as we venture into His infinite wisdom.
Father, thank You for providing us Your Holy Word. Help us in our daily reading to develop a full understanding of all You have for us. May we grow deeper in You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!