In my last post, I explained how, after 20 years as a Christian, I was convicted of not treating the Bible as God intended – as an instruction book for this life. This conviction had come through reading a book on a trip to Hawaii and left me eager to start studying my Bible.
Whether in business or in life, I am an all-or-nothing kind of guy, so I knew I had to jump in feet first. There was just one problem. I did not know how or where to jump!
Like many Christians, I had been in Sunday School all of my life and I knew a lot about the Bible. But I had never studied the Bible. I had no clue where to start.
The first thing I did was to purchase How To Study The Bible for Yourself.Using the various tools and methods taught in this book, I quickly learned how to get started. Over the next 12-18 months, I rarely missed a morning of quiet time spent studying my Bible and trying to catch up on what I had been missing.
“I had to learn the importance of His Word and how it relates to my life…”
At the time, I did not fully realize how God was changing me and my focus. I knew I was enjoying the time, but I did not see what was happening to me. I just knew I was on the right path. It was only after six months of consistent daily quiet times that I got my first clue as to what God was doing. More on that later!
Looking back on that period, I now understand that God was preparing me for so much more! At the time, I truly could not see where we were going. I did not need to. God knew where He was taking me and that is enough.
What I realize now is that He could not take me where He wanted me to go unless I was in a position of submission and eagerness to learn. I had to learn the importance of His Word and how it relates to my life before He could show me what my life was to be.