GBL-10 - Passion For Bible Study
Oh, how we need to have a passion for studying the Scriptures! As we look at the Bible, one of the things we find is men and women who were passionate about the Word of God. I am reminded of Jeremiah, the weeping prophet of Anathoth, who was found at times in the dungeon, yet who exclaimed, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jer. 15:16). I also think of people like Hilkiah, Shaphan the scribe, and young Josiah the king. For a long time Israel had not been following the Word of God. Yet Hilkiah and Shaphan said to King Josiah, “We have found the book of the law of the Lord” (2 Chr. 34:15). We can almost hear the passion in their voices. The king and all his subjects repented and changed their ways. Job is another prime example of a man who, in the midst of great suffering, had a passion for God and His Word. Look at Job 23:12. Talk about a man who was passionate about Scripture. Job said in the midst of great struggles, trials, and troubles, “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” Now that is passion! Are you planning on skipping any meals over the next few days (like a lunch or supper) so you can study God’s Word? Job said that God’s Word is more important than even our necessary food. Job also said, “Though He slay me, still will I trust Him” (Job 13:15). Another prime example of someone who was passionate about the Word of God, even at a young age, is Jesus Christ. On one occasion his parents were unable to find Him. Finally they found Him in the temple, and when questioned about His absence, He said, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Lk. 2:49). But what is so amazing is that Christ was in the temple with the teachers of the law (the scribes and the Pharisees), and the Bible says in Luke 2:47 that “all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.” At a young age, Jesus was very passionate about the Word of God. Today, I hope to light a passion in each of us in regard to studying the Scriptures and truly devoting our lives to being men and women of The Book.