“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord… Jeremiah 29:11-14
A NEW BEGINNING
Those were the words that met my eyes when my son laid his open Bible before me on my desk. These were the words that moved me to give my life to Jesus.
Somewhere in my past, I had heard it said that the Bible was a book that would help me learn who God is and what He does. As I read those words in Jeremiah 29, I interpreted “seeking Him with all my heart” to mean: “delving into the Word until I found Him.”
Immediately I resolved to study the Bible until God made me a Christian. I began studying for six hours a day. I was thirsty for knowledge about God and I believed my life would be changed by that knowledge — it was.
KEEPING THE COURSE
Since that first day, Bible study has become the passion of my life. In my studies back then—and throughout the intervening years—my knowledge of God has deepened. My distorted childhood resentment turned into a deep trust.
I began to understand why many of the things that had happened to me in my early years had occurred. So much of what I read in Jeremiah and elsewhere in scripture confirmed not only that God had a specific plan for me but that He was orchestrating history to bring that plan to fruition.
Just knowing that God was in control of the circumstances erased much of the pain that had defined my early years. From the get-go, I was blessed to have been made aware of God’s plans for my future. He called me to teach believers how to study the Bible—not to be a Bible scholar myself, but to take what He would teach me and share it with others as I was taking it in. He put in my heart a delight in helping others quench their own thirst for knowledge via in-depth Bible study.
So what has the study of God’s word done for my life? It has given me a new joy of life, a new confidence, hope when I am discouraged, peace in the midst of turmoil. The list goes on. I have discovered that my list is not a static one but in a state of flux. The more I study, the greater the benefit. This is what Jesus meant when He said in the parable of the ten minas, “To everyone who has, more will be given…” This teaching may be applied to Bible knowledge as well: to those who have studied and multiplied their knowledge, even more, knowledge will be given to them.