My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
“The Bible is too difficult to understand.” This is a common answer, which I receive from people who are not willing to start ‘digging’ into the Word of God. Maybe it is a conception you have. If so, I would like to invite you to read and re-read the above scripture (Proverbs 2:1-5). As you can identify, the Bible is no ordinary story book but in order to understand it and get the most out of it, one requires to meditate on it. The best person who can explain to you the meaning of a book is the author himself. Therefore before reading, ask the Holy Spirit to give you deep understanding of the Word and open you heart and mind to all that you will be reading. Now that the foundation is laid, start reading it actively. This means that you need to question it. Doing this by asking questions like:
1. What do I understand about this scripture?
2. What did the author mean (in the whole context of the book/chapter)
3. How can apply this scripture in my life?
Such questions will help you interact with the Word of God and there is where meditation starts to take place. The above scripture is not just telling us to be inquisitive but to crave to get deeper understanding of what God means through His Word. Think about something you cannot live without and all of a sudden you loose it. What will you do? I believe you number one priority would be to find that valuable item and you would stop any other activity in order to dedicate time to recover that object, which is so dear to you. Well my dear friends, this is how we ought to treat the Word of God. It is indeed the most valuable treasure we can ever posses as it is the key to eternal life.
The same Word which today is instructing us how to become Christlike will be the same Word which will judge us at the end of time.
So set your priorities right, invest your time wisely and start ‘digging’ in the Word of God.