Understanding the Bible
It can be intimidating. You go to church every Sunday and your pastor delivers eloquent sermons on passages you didn't even know were in the Bible. Women boast of spending hours a day studying God's Word, yet you can barely get in 15 minutes with your busy schedule.
You want to understand the Bible for yourself, but the laws and stories seem so different from your life today; how can you possibly understand it and apply it? So you stick to the safe books: the Psalms, the stories about Jesus, and the occasional epistle. Rarely do you venture into the more daunting books of the Bible like Ezekiel, Daniel, or Numbers. Those are for the theologians and Bible scholars, maybe even your pastor. But not you. You don't have the tools necessary to dig deep or understand the more complex aspects of the Bible.
Or do you?
Countless women have shared this dilemma with me—everyday women, women who love and want to grow in their knowledge of him, but are intimidated by the less frequently preached (and read) books of the Bible. They have convinced themselves that since they have no formal training in biblical scholarship, they simply cannot understand what is going on in these more sizable or complex books.
If this describes you, I have good news. One simple reality ensures that you, like every other saint (educated or not) who has gone before you, have exactly what you need to study God's Word and glean from it. You have the Holy Spirit. You have been bought with Christ's blood, brought into his family, and been given the third person of the Trinity as your helper in this Christian walk. You have everything you need to understand and apply God's Word, but sometimes you need some tools to help you get started.
The Value of the Bible
Most of us know and believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. But while you might believe this, do you also believe that it has tremendous value for your life?
Second Timothy 3:16-17 says:
"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."
This means that the Bible not only is given to us by God but contains everything we need to know about how to walk this Christian road. God's Word is the means of our equipping, encouragement, and edification as children of God. It is a living book that breathes life into the Christian's soul. And we have been given everything we need to understand it for ourselves.