Don’t study the Bible; let the Bible study you.
God’s word is alive and active, sharper than a razor blade, able to separate our soul from our spirit; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12).Yet, we come to the Bible to study it, as if it’s a text book. When studying the Bible, we can come away will all kinds of profound insight – “Wow. It’s sharp. Hummmm. It has a pen-like handle on it. You know.? It kind of looks like a scalpel.” Hello! It is a scalpel. We feel so much better when we have discovered what it is – we can even sound devoted to God when we share the intellectual insight we have discovered about God. Studying the Bible can make us feel better about ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we are healed. We must give the scalpel of scripture to the master surgeon and let Him study the inner workings of our lives, revealing our cancerous sin, self-righteous indignation, and brokenness. It’s painful to let the Word of God study us, but it brings healing and improves the quality of life. Don’t study the Bible; let the Bible study you.