Benefits of Studying Scripture


untitled1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.

2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

-Psalm 119:1-3

Do you have a boss? Do you know how your boss thinks? Do you anticipate the assigning of tasks?

Do you have a friend? Do you know how to finish your friend’s sentence? Or know exactly what to get for a birthday?

What about someone who is both?

The commonality between the two relationships is your desire to know the other party and to put that knowledge into proper action so the relationship is beneficial.

It is a drastic understatement, but those are similar aspects to the relationship we have with God. Similar to the boss at our job, God is the authority over us in our lives because He is the Creator. Yet, He is also a friend who sticks closer than a brother. As the authority, He has the right to dictate our actions. He specifies how we interact with Him and how we interact with others (our neighbors). As our friend, He is there to talk with, laugh with, cry with, or just plain sit with!

The Psalmist recorded the benefits of knowing our LORD and applying that knowledge to life. One who knows and applies that knowledge benefits by being “blessed” or “happy.” The Hebrew noun describes a state which carries a sense of guidance or straightness or maybe we might look at it as structure.

To help explain, think of something you do at work. There is probably a certain way you accomplish the task as directed by your boss. There is a structure to the tasking; it is a process.   When you know the process and you see the accomplishment that is achieved by that structured approach and the guidance from the boss, how does that make you feel? Happy? Accomplished?

The process takes a lot of the uncertainty out of the task. You don’t have much to figure out that isn’t covered already by the process, so it is an easy task. You don’t have to worry about the end result and how the boss is going to react because when you follow the process – the result is the desired result. The more you know about the various processes at work the easier it is to do the tasks. This results probably in a happier feeling due to the good accomplishment and maybe even praise and thanks from the boss!

Correlate that to Scripture. Scripture is God’s means of communicating to us about who He is, what He does, who we are, and what we must do; it is God’s process for our life. He has provided various individual processes on how to handle different situations in life. He has provided descriptions of His character such that we can imitate Him. Everything is packaged into concise, perfectly chosen words, arranged in a manner to ease our learning and application.

The LORD has provided the structure. We don’t have to worry about uncertainty in life because He has taken all of it into consideration and the process addresses it! We don’t have to worry about the outcome because He tells us the outcome. Does He provide all the minutiae? No, but He does tell us that He is in control, and He will take care of us: what more do we need?

As with the processes at work, the more Scripture, God’s processes for our lives, is studied and applied the easier life becomes; the greater our understanding of the “Why” and who He is!

Think on these things, and then act on them. May God bless as you do!

 

 

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