You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, and yet they testify about me. But you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life.
Many people pick up the Bible intending to read it from cover to cover. However, despite good intentions, they often find themselves struggling to understand what they’re reading. So, today’s devotion is for you if your cries are “HELP! I don’t understand.” Now, let’s explore some of the ways you can gain a deeper understanding of what God’s Word is saying.
Context is Everything
One of the most important things to keep in mind when reading the Bible is to always read in context. This means reading the verses before and after the passage you’re studying, as well as looking at the larger picture of what’s going on in that particular book of the Bible. This does take more time, but the investment is worth it! By understanding the context, you’ll be able to better understand what God is trying to say.
Humility is Key
It’s okay to not know what you’re doing. And it’s more than okay to ask for help, especially when it comes to Bible study. Ask a friend, a teacher, a pastor, or a group leader to discuss the passage of Scripture. When we approach the Bible with humility and a willingness, we experience so much more.
As we submit ourselves to studying His Word with reverence and respect with the body of Christ, He will give us wisdom and understanding for the benefit of all. So, whatever you do, don’t give up on reading the Bible! Allow your cries of “HELP! I don’t understand” to drive your study sessions. With time and effort, you’ll be amazed at how much deeper your understanding becomes.
Take some time now to slowly read today’s passage (and John 5). Are you merely reading to acquire knowledge, or do you thirst for life from Jesus? Be encouraged by the One who is The Word.