By Rev. Dr. Judy Baumgartner
One of the best parts of Bible study is exploring something new. As we grow in Christian maturity, we discover passages in the Bible that directly address our difficulties. Although we may have previously read the verses, something new seems to jump from the pages. I love these discoveries in God’s Word.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” (Matt. 13:45-46, NIV)
I was walking in the mall a few days ago when I saw an employee in the jewelry shop beaming as he gazed into his magnifier. I knew that he had discovered something amazing. Since the store was empty, I decided to ask him what he had seen. Within moments, he was delightfully showing me his discovery. He had found a special hidden laser etching on his Rolex watch. Although he had worked with fine jewelry for many years, this excited him.
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me. My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.” (Psa. 119:18-20, NIV)
Like the jeweler, the psalmist had discovered that the Bible is an incredible treasure. Within the facets of its passages, awesome discoveries are made. Indeed, it is vast enough for an entire lifetime of exploration. It is far better than a simple watch or an incredible pearl.
Personal Bible study is not supposed to be a monotonous daily chore, but an incredible intimate interaction with the Almighty as He reveals things to us that are not obvious within the passages. I appreciate good cooking, and I enjoy making my own kitchen discoveries. Still, it is better when a gourmet chef shares his or her secrets with us. May our time of personal Bible study be more wonderful than an afternoon with Julia Child.
Lord, we want to grow deeper in the knowledge of You and Your ways. May our priority of the day be time spent with You and Your Word. In Your mighty name we pray. Amen!