Matthew 13:18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart.”
How many times have I read a passage without really seeking to understand what that scripture means? I just gloss over it and keep reading. Those verses will not profit me at that time. They will not change my heart. They will not last. But the times that I sit in earnest and study God’s Word, following the cross-references, looking up the Hebrew or Greek words, meditating on what God is saying to me, today, through His Word, that is when change happens. That is when my heart is filled with more of Him and less of me. That is when I come alive and the fruit of the Spirit becomes more abundant in my life.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2Timothy 2:15
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Psalm 1:2
But if you study the Bible only to understand words, then you will have missed the whole point.
“You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.
These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. ” John 5:39-40
The goal of searching studying God’s Word is to find God Himself.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:14
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13