through His Word
By Katy Kauffman
“I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.” Psalm 119:162, NKJV
I love Bible study. As a preteen, I loved the Bible so much I wanted to grow up and teach it with my family. I loved Psalms because it showed me God’s caring, rescuing, formidable side. I loved the Gospels because I could picture Jesus walking among the crowds and healing, teaching, and loving them. I was in awe of God’s power as I read the glorious, cosmic, and strange events of Revelation and Daniel. Romans gave me an assurance of having life with God and no condemnation from Him. Proverbs deliciously included so much wisdom in one book, it was an adventure to read it all and try to keep up. The Bible came alive as I started studying it for myself.
As I studied God’s Word and learned from pastors and teachers, I saw how relevant Scripture is to our lives today. I found peace, joy, and comfort. I understood God’s commandments were given for our good and are not burdensome (Deut. 10:12-13, 1 John 5:3). I learned how wonderful God is and the kind of life—or adventure, really—that He wants us to live. I found a light in dark times, freedom from guilt and fear, and a counselor to guide my steps. I found life.
Others have too.
I’ve shared some of what Bible study has meant to me, and this past Tuesday I shared some of the treasures Psalm 119 says we can find in God’s Word. But I don’t want you to just hear from me. Hear from ten more women who have studied the Bible for themselves. They are moms and grandmoms, newly married and single, college students and professionals, friends and neighbors. They are women who have seen God work in their lives through His Word. Hear what Bible study has meant to them.
"Bible study has always been the focal point of my relationship with God. The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to us. Studying the Word has helped me know who God is and taught me to hear His voice. Being in the Word helps me align my heart to His."
- Leigh P.
"Studying the Scriptures by myself requires that my heart be softened, my mind quieted, and my spirit focused on listening for the Lord's clarification, and his special instruction leading me through the passages. When I lose myself in the study of Scripture, I discover answers, strength, and encouragement for whatever I am facing. When I lose myself in the beauty of Scripture, I find joy, peace, pleasure, and personal hope."
- Sam C.
"When I study the Bible with the help of tools, commentaries, and concordances, it comes alive for me more so than when I simply read it. I learn so much more about God than I can otherwise, and I end up falling in love with His Word rather than just reading it for duty's sake. My view of God widens."
- Heather B.
"Throughout my middle school and high school careers I never had anything consistent for studying the Bible. I always say that I feel like I wasted the time I had in high school (I think a lot of people say this), but part of that was probably because I wasn’t consistent. Now that I am, I feel like I’m showing others more of God in my life, and it has added meaning to getting into the Word. Even though I don’t see this bright light, or hear a deep voice, it’s gotten easier to hear the still small one. I’ve realized through Bible study that I trust, love, and pray to God a lot more, and it’s affected already established friendships, causing others to blossom and generally changing not just my life, but the lives of those around me."
- Madison H.
"Bible study is like a telephone. I can hear God speak to me."
- Amanda J.
"The Bible is my lifeline; I love studying it and allowing God to speak to me through it. In its pages, I watch people stumble over their own stubbornness and selfishness—and I see myself. I marvel as God’s grace and mercy pour out on them—and on me—over and over. Day after day, His Word guides me, strengthens me, and uplifts me; I can’t imagine my life without it!"
- Sherry C.
"Bible study has blessed me because every day I’m reminded that God is in control of my life, so there is nothing ever to worry about."
- Michaela S.
"Studying the Bible is just another term to studying the heart of God. And the older I have become, the more thankful I have been for His Word. It has given me wisdom in times of distress, peace in times of worry, and conviction in times of sin. I don’t know where I would be without studying the Bible, but I can guarantee you, I wouldn’t be where I am now. It’s only by God’s grace!"
- Jessica L.
"Studying Scripture is my anchor during the day. It grounds me and helps me tackle the challenges of the day with peace and joy."
- Erin A.
"I treasure the Bible because it is the WORD OF GOD. It draws me, it fills me, it protects me, it directs me, it inspires me, it assures me. It is life and breath to me. I love. . .LOVE . . .the WORD. Because I knew the Word, and trusted in the Word, I made it through so many difficulties. The bottom line is that I needed a rock and the Word is my ROCK, my fortress. Knowing how I feel about God and the Word, you can bet that Satan has thrown just about every fiery dart he has at his disposal at me. But I know that I have a sword and all the armor I will need. So it doesn't feel like studying to me. It feels like a spa treatment for my soul."
- Carol A.
What have you found as you’ve studied God’s Word? A flame of knowledge, joy, and adventure is ignited when we study God’s Word for ourselves. Don’t miss out on the adventure. As these ladies have said, God’s Word helps us to hear from God and know Him, find strength and answers, and discover how to be a blessing to others. It soothes our souls. The adventure is waiting, and the Holy Spirit is our tour guide! I hope that you see Bible study as an adventure, and the blog posts this month ignite your flame or fuel it as you study God’s Word with Him leading you. Let’s cherish the adventure!
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