I was never a fan of studying.
In college I had to create study guides in order for the lessons to sink in. Simply reading through the text once usually did not help the information stick.
When it comes to my personal Bible studies, I’ve found that the same situation applies. When I read through a verse or chapter just once, the meaning doesn’t always become obvious.
However, I found a type of study guide in Proverbs 22:17-19 (NIV – emphasis added):
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;
apply your heart to what I teach,
for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart
and have all of them ready on your lips.
So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I teach you today, even you.
There are four principles that can be used when studying scripture: Listen to the words being said, apply them to daily life, speak about them with others, and finally, practice what is being taught.
I encourage you to write down these four simple study tips on a bookmark, sticky note, or something similar and keep them nearby the next time you’re in the Word.
Pick a lesson, apply these tips to it, and see how your day goes when you listen to, apply, speak, and do God’s Word.
Copyright 2015 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.