Do you read the Bible, or do you study the bible?
I have also found that many people believe that it pleases GOD when we read the bible. Reading the bible is not for the purpose of scoring points with GOD or getting His approval. He desires that we read the bible to get guidelines, instructions, and safety. Also, some people use the word read and study when it comes to the bible interchangeably. However, there is a difference between these two words. We will explore the difference between reading and studying the bible.
We can equate reading and studying the bible to the different types of relationships we have. Our relationships are both casual and intimate relationships. We approach and value them differently because they serve different purposes. Causal relationships would be the coworkers, associates, or members of the same organization. In intimate relationships, it would be your family members, spouses, siblings, your best friends. With a causal relationship, you know just enough about the individual to hold a relaxed conversation. You might not know the sacred identity of these individuals; what their heart's desire reflects; many things are hidden or kept secret in casual relationships. In intimate relationships we enjoy the conversations with these individuals; there are deep connections that bind us to a point of emotional attachments. Reading the bible is similar to a causal relationship, we only go surface level, whereas when we study, we give way to a more intimate relationship with the bible.
Difference between Reading the bible and Studying the bible
Balancing the two Reading and Studying
Reading and studying are both very beneficial. In his book, Habits of Grace, David Mathis states that “Bible reading is like watching the film in real-time. Study is like going through a clip frame by frame”. Reading the bible is something we can do every day, as we can take one or a few scriptures to recite. Studying the bible may not be feasible daily as it takes time to do that.
Knowing when to study when to read
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My name is Bola also Known as Coach Bola. I love uncovering the promises and principles in the Bible. I equally excited about sharing what I have learned to help me become victorious.