Did you see this?!!

My Bible study time is nigh on ridiculous.  If, let to my own devices, and I could study for as long as I wanted to, I could easily spend four hours in the Word each day.  (I don’t even want to know where on the pathetic scale that puts me!  LOL)  But, it’s not the time that seems so pathetic, it’s all the stuff that I require when I sit down to study.

In my “prayer chair” I sit cross-legged with my 3 notebooks – one for notes from whatever audio teaching I’m listening to, one for whatever “act on” things Father gives me (based on previous blog!) and my prayer journal.  I also have my ESV Bible (which is well written in), as well as a study Bible with KJV, Amp, NIV and NASB in it.  I have my Strong’s and sitting to the side, I have my lap top, so I can go read Hebrew/Greek info on whatever I’m reading.  If all that isn’t enough, somewhere in some stack I have a notebook for thoughts I want to include in our school plan and balanced on it all – the cherry – my java!  

Now, one might think if you were approaching a study armed with all these tools that I would walk away daily, wiser and with greater understanding of the Word of God than I had when I sat down.  That doesn’t seem to be the case for me.  The more I dig into the Word, the more I am finding that it’s like a mine and I have only begun to scratch the surface.

As soon as I pull out the obvious gems that are there, I find that there is another vein running behind it, that I must press in and dig for again.  Each layer seems to have more and more and more gems!  Our living God has given us a living Word that just keeps expanding to fit the area of my brain that I give it.  Thankfully, He also gave me a living brain that (I trust) will keep growing to fit more Word!  (If not, I’m in trouble, because, as someone once said to me concerning John Piper – “I have a pint-sized brain to fill and I’m finding there is gallon sized Truth to fill it with!”) Each day’s dig, however, only leads to more desire to dig!  Invariably, however, I find I keep running into “walls.”

Those walls are my assumptions.  I bring so many assumptions to that prayer chair of mine.  There are so many things that I think I know – or that I think I’ve delved into sufficiently – and suddenly Father, lovingly, natch, is breaking those assumptions open and saying, “Hey! Look over here! Did you see this?  Did you see how AMAZING I REALLY am?!!”

I have run into another one of those assumptions this morning.  In reading Romans (again – can anyone EVER read too much Romans?!  Yeah, I know, I say that about Galatians and Ephesians and 1 Corinthians and, and, and…)  in chapter 10 (grab your Bible – so you can see what I’m talking about).  It’s familiar – it’s the Roman Road, right?  We use this to share salvation with people and so that was all I was assuming was here.  But take a look at verse 13.  “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Assumption breaker – that isn’t JUST talking about salvation.

The word “saved” used here means much more than just spiritual salvation.  It means to be protected from danger, it means to rescue, to keep from all harm.  It means to save a suffering one (from perishing), e. g. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health. It means to bring in all positive blessing in the place of condemnation.

So, I have another gem colored mark in my Bible and a note in my journal: “SO much more than I assumed” and once again I’m hearing,  “Hey!  Look over here! Did you see this?  Did you see how AMAZING I REALLY am?!!”


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