“This Bible study is boring!” she said. “It just ask us to repeat exactly what’s in the reading!” As the facilitator of the group, I had to agree with her. I had chosen the study from an internet source and had not reviewed the material carefully enough. Everyone in the group felt the same: we wanted something more than just regurgitating the words from the Bible. We wanted thought-provoking questions that asked us to dig deep into our spiritual beings and grow as Christians. I promised to be more discerning in the materials I ordered in the future so we could all benefit from the study.
Our Lord wants us to dig deep too. First Thessalonians 1:5 reminds us the “message of the gospel came to us not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.” This is no child’s first reader we’re dealing with here. The Word of the Lord “has the power to save your souls” (James 1:21), and God “sustains all things by His powerful Word” (Hebrews 1:3). Psalm 119 speaks of God’s Word as “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (v. 105); a “hiding place,” a “shield,” and a place of “hope” (v. 114). We are to stand in awe of God’s Word (v. 161) and “seek understanding” of it (v. 169). Isaiah 55:11 declares that God’s Word “shall not return to (Him) empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose.” And Paul told the new converts to think of God’s Word as spiritual food. They were “not ready for solid food” (deep lessons) to begin with, but “solid food is for the mature” Christian who has learned the basics. God wants us to delve into and learn all we can so we can follow His ways more clearly.
When the people of Babel tried to build “a tower with its top in the heavens,” God scattered them and confused their language so they would return to Him (Genesis 11:4,8). The term “babble” now means nonsense or gibberish. Let’s take the sacred Word of God seriously and not conduct “babble studies!”
O God, You Word is precious to me. Let me meditate on it always. Amen