Think, Think, Think

If there is one key to getting more out of your Bible reading, it’s asking the right questions of the passage you're reading. This practice gets our minds working, pondering, thinking. If we don’t ask questions, we have the tendency to see only what we expect to see in the Bible. But if we read more slowly and look hard at what we find, questions will start to form in our mind. For example, is the Bible contradicting itself when it says God is “slow to anger” (Ex 34:6) but also that “his wrath is quickly kindled” (Ps 2:12)? When the guy asked Jesus “How can I have eternal life?”, was Jesus teaching him to work his way to heaven when He responded: “Keep the commandments” (Matt 19:16-19)?!

One writer suggests: “Take two hours to ask ten questions of Galatians 2:20, and you will gain one hundred times the insight you would have attained by quickly reading thirty pages of the New Testament or any other book. Slow down. Query. Ponder. Chew.”

Paul told Timothy: “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything” (2 Tim 2:7). Here’s a great promise from the Lord: He’ll give His children divine understanding! But notice who gets the help. The promise isn’t made to everybody. It’s made to those who THINK.