Guest Author - Preena Deepak
Bible study can seem like a burdensome activity for believers and most of us struggle with a number of distractions especially after making a commitment to read and meditate on Godís word. You may find your energy and enthusiasm wane out and if this tendency is not checked, you might soon end up postponing Bible study or worse still, avoiding it entirely.
Meditating on Godís word keeps you in His light, empowers you with the Holy Spirit and equips you to face the challenges of living in a corrupt word. Studying the Bible is your only safeguard against sin and so there can be no alternate to regular Bible reading.
Along with a desire to learn from Godís word and a commitment to be disciplined to a Bible study schedule, you might consider taking a few additional steps to ensure you succeed in truly mediating on the Scriptures.
1.Pray Ė the only best way to get beyond human limitations and learn Bible truths is to pray earnestly for God to enable you to read His word faithfully. Pray also for fellow believers that they too may overcome their struggles in Bible study.
2.Journal Ė maintain a journal to record what you learn along with key verses. Record your struggles and prayers too. Reading through these journals will help you especially at times when you fall back on your Bible Study schedule. Journals also remind you of decisions made!
3.Read aloud Ė especially when you find your mind wander off, it helps to read passages aloud. Many Scripture passages were originally penned to be read aloud and so doing this also increases your understanding of text.
4.Time and schedule Ė each personís best part of the day varies and depending on your schedule, pick out the best part of the day when you find yourself free from other commitments to meditate on Godís word. Make sure you keep up with this schedule every day.
5.Bible Study aids Ė following with a commentary or a Bible dictionary will help you understand seemingly tough scripture portions. Researching on Bible text can widen your understanding and create a thirst to learn more from the scriptures.
6.Accountability partner Ė being accountable to a fellow believer (who can be a family member or friend or Church mate) and sharing what you learn with such a person can be a huge boost to systematic Bible Study.
No child of God who decides to learn His word gets spared by the prince of this world who is ever eager to snatch away Godís word. It is therefore, a supreme priority for believers to overcome distractions, in whatever form they come up and devout time and attention to study Godís word.
How did you overcome distractions you face and engage in unraveling the truth in Godís word? Share your experiences on getting over the hurdles to Bible study in this thread at the Bible Basics forum.