Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
–II Timothy 2:15
The apostle Paul reminds Timothy that he is working for God. He is to study and be acceptable before Him. Bible study is not about spouting off facts or getting a head full of Bible verses. Rather, it’s about not being embarrassed about our service before God. Timothy needs to know how to handle God’s precious word. He needs God’s wisdom and understanding as he earnestly studies it. He is handling the truth and needs to know it so well that he is not fooled by lies.
As Christians, we have the same call. These are not directions limited to pastors or lay leaders, but to every believer who desires approval from God. The reason we want to spend time immersed in God’s word is because we are seeking God’s approval.
Prayer for today:
Gracious Father, Your word is the truth we need for godly living. Give us your power to diligently search it out. Teach our hearts to tune in and listen to Your voice as you speak to us through Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.