He that is often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Today I want to approach our Wisdom for the Day from a different angle.
I hope you enjoy each lesson, but today I want to share with you ‘HOW’ I approach the Book of Proverbs.
In this video you will learn the 6 questions I ask about every passage, along with 5 things you can do when reading the Bible that will enhance your life and add value to your devotional and study time.
Six Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible
Years ago I was the editor of a Christian Music magazine in Nashville, Tennessee.
I loved writing feature articles and interviewing artist from around the country, but we also reported news for our readers.
I learned what most journalist learn about reporting; there are six basic questions that every reader wants to know the answer to. These questions form the bones of every good article.
I’m not going to expound on the questions; most of them are obvious. But if you will apply these to your Bible study, you will put your devotional time on steriods.
Here they are:
Who is the Bible addressing?
Is it the nation of Israel? Christians? The lost?
Is it a certain individual? Or is it someone with a specific character trait?
What is the major lesson this passage teaches? What is the obvious, big picture presented?
What is the underlying premise of the verse?
What is happening that caused God to say this?
When did (will) this happen? The past? The future?
When did this passage occur? When was it written?
Was it written when Paul was in prison? (aka. The book of Philippians) What is the setting?
Where did it occur?
Where were they when this event took place?
Example: The Cursing of the Fig Tree Mark 11:20-24
Where were the disciples and Jesus when this event happened? What is the significance of it?
How does this relate to my life?
How did this happen?
Example: Healing of the Man at Pool of Bethesda John 5:1-15
How did the miracle happen? What did Jesus do? Say?
How did the man respond?
This is my favorite question, especially when reading the Proverbs.
Why did God say this? Why is it wise to listen to what God says here?
Why is this true?
In the video below, I use Proverbs 29:1 as an example. I ask these key questions to demonstrate how questions bring things to light.
Five Things To Do When Reading Your Bible
1. Read Slow.
This is not a race. Read to discover. Read each word slowly because this is God communicating to you.
2. Selah the Moment
Selah means to pause and think about it.
Take time to stop periodically and meditate on what you are reading. Ask God questions. Think. Don’t just race through the passage.
This is the heart of meditation.
3. Ask Questions
Use the six questions above as a launching pad, but the goal is to have a conversation with God about what He has said.
He has given us the Holy Spirit so we can know truth. Interact with Him.
Questions are a great way to converse with God. You will be surprised at how God responds and leads you.
The Holy Spirit WILL teach you. Jesus promised He would. Take Him up on that offer.
4. Keep a Journal.
I can’t stress this enough. Write down what you learn.
Journals are a great way to remind yourself of the great things God has done for you.
They also help you flesh out what you are hearing from God.
5. Repent and Affirm.
I have a teaching on this that goes into detail, but the simple version is this…
Repent means to change the way you think. Yes, it also includes a change in behavior, but behavior changes only ‘stick’ when you change your perspective and mind about a matter.
Example: If you ‘think’ God is mean, you will consistently ‘act’ as if He is. Changing your actions only last for a brief time. Real change occurs when you change your view of God.
This is the essence of repentance.
So how do we apply this?
When you read a verse of scripture, ask yourself if your have acted and believed in a manner consistent with the truth of the passage.
Example: God says you are the righteousness of God in Christ.
Do you believe that? If not, tell God you have not taken His Word serious and you repent – you change your thoughts about the matter. In essence, apologize for not trusting His Word/Truth.
Then affirm what He says. Say it out loud. Verbalize what you now believe.
I hope these concepts help you put wisdom in your day.
I would love to hear your thoughts.
Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think.