Some believers seem to like the word “study” when it comes to politics, financial gain, sports, secular academics and so on.
There they will labor long and hard to learn in such areas. Will spend money and time to develop growth in any of those given subjects. Sadly, when it comes to theology and biblical doctrine then the word “study” seems to take on less importance or to be applied only to pastors, academics or theologians.
But what does the Apostle Paul command Timothy to do?
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Ti 2:15).
There must be great effort and time in presenting ourselves approved to God through the correct handling of His Word.
There is a rightful place for five or ten minute devotionals but that is hardly what Paul means by “be diligent” and “accurately handling the Word of truth.”
I am not convinced that Christians will grow substantially into the likeness of Christ on ten minute devotionals or even through reading whole books of the Bible for hours at a time, unless they take the time to reflect and meditate on what is being communicated in whatever passages of Scripture.
They must grapple with the text and see how it relates to the whole of Scripture. Far too many believers go into the sacred Word of God to look for themselves. That is to say they go to the Bible to find the “great plans” God has for their lives or what blessing He has in store for them or even how much he loves them.
They wish to ruffle through the Bible for passages like,
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you (Jeremiah 29:11–12). Much of their doctrinal diet consists of “me.”
Put another way God’s blessings for “me.”
But the fact of the matter is that the Word of God is a testimony of the Triune God as come to us through Christ Jesus;
“Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (Lk 24:27).
His life, death, resurrection and ascension.
In other Words we go to the Bible to find Christ. It is through Him that we know all three persons of the blessed Trinity.
We go to the Bible because we wish to worship God by knowing who He is, and along the way of our study of Christ we find all those other blessings. At the risk of oversimplifying, we go to the Bible to find Christ and when we find Him, He is our blessing (Ephesians 1:10-23).
(Culled from reformed-forhisglory.blogspot.com)