I have published several posts regarding my Christian journey. Each of these posts is peppered with scripture references that I vaguely recalled but, truthfully, had to turn to Google for the exact book, chapter, and verse .
Once I had published these various posts, I remember feeling a great sense of relief and, though I hate to admit it, PRIDE (yikes). After all, I had just bestowed upon the world MY great wisdom and MY lofty opinions with just enough scripture to offer some validity to MY points. Oh, how noble. Oh, how gracious. Oh, how arrogant!
After completing my first real Bible study class last spring, I discovered that my Bible study techniques and scripture knowledge are lacking…severely. I am but an infant when it comes to feasting upon God’s word until it dwells within my spirit. I can tell you this was an uncomfortable, eye-opening conviction and a little embarrassing when I think of the above-mentioned pontifications and my now exposed state of scriptural malnourishment.
The Bible study in question, was 1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ by Jen Wilkin. I’ll be honest, I was not prepared for the intensity of this study. I was surprised at the detail and depth that was included, and the assignments almost felt like being back in college (in fact, there are still quite a few blank pages in my workbook today). But the thing that really struck me was that regardless of the time and effort I would need to put in as a participant, it was nothing compared to the hours of study and, undoubtedly, prayer that the author herself must have dedicated in order to create such a detailed dissection of this one book of the Bible.
I understand that not all of us are called to be Bible scholars or to write in-depth and detailed Bible studies. But, my first “real” Bible study class taught me that the Bible is about God and His character and, while there are parts that are hard to get through, the depth, comfort and wisdom of God’s word cannot be fully taken in with a few hurried glances here and there. Nor does sprinkling your conversation, or blog posts, with a few convenient scripture references make you the next C.S. Lewis.