Last week in Ladies’ Bible Class, Becky Blackmon talked about a story from her book (The Pearl Seeker) where her parents were reading the Bible. When they finished, they did not just stop and put the Bible down, going on to something else. They always, always asked questions about what they had read.
This got me to thinking about how I study the Bible, how I do my daily readings. And it pricked my heart. I do not spend enough time actually working through what I have read. I don’t ask myself questions about what I read, how God would want me to use or apply this reading, finding what God wants me to see. I read but don’t necessarily study God’s word so much of the time.
I want to do better. And so, I asked At Home Dad to brainstorm with me a list of questions to put in my Bible and my Kindle (since I do my daily reading there). We came up with this list so that I will better understand God’s word, so that I will dig deeper, so that I will find more of the “pearls” that God has hidden for me in His Word.
But, I am sharing them so that perhaps they will encourage you to also dig deeper and find those pearls that God has placed there.
- Why did God place this passage in His word?
- What came next? Is it related? How?
- Who was this person?
- What characteristics does this person have that God calls us to have?
- What happened in the time surrounding this one?
- What passage in God’s word is similar to this one?
- What happened to this person later?
- What word stands out or is emphasized?
- Why did God . . .?
- What attribute of God is shown or highlighted?
- What is something similar in my life?
- How can I use this idea?
- What else was in this story and why?
- Where else does God talk about this idea?
- What idea is focused on in this passage?
These are just some ideas of questions that might help focus your mind on the pearls God placed in the Bible.
B – Be A Pearl Seeker