How Important Is Attitude for Bible Study?
|As Christians we know we are supposed to study our
Bible diligently. But the attitude that we study with is vital to be able to receive the spiritual insight necessary.|
We often want to go about Bible studies to become intellectual and biblical scholars,
rather than coming to meet the Lord Jesus in our studies. This relates to what Jesus said in Matthew 11:25:
"…I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have
hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes. "
Here we see the importance of having a childlike attitude in order to have revelation
from God. One may study the Scriptures diligently (as the Pharisees did) but not be able to receive the revelation necessary
because of the attitude that one approaches the study with.
We can study the Bible diligently and be able to quote from cover to cover with amazing
brilliancy, knowing all the right doctrine. But until we learn to approach our studies with a tender childlike attitude we
will not be able to receive from God the revelation necessary to illuminate the written Word.
" I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of contrite
and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. " (Isaiah 57:15)
" God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. " (James 4:6)
If we want God with us and to be properly led by His Spirit, then we cannot afford
to get in a proud attitude.
" Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither
the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches. But let him that glorieth glory in this, that
he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord which exercises loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness on the earth.
" (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
We can wind up glorying in the wisdom we feel we have gained from a lifetime of Bible
study, feeling we see many things that others don't see. And we can then pass right over these biblical principles that tell
us how God will hide from and resist those who become wise in their own eyes. When we get in this attitude, we will then have
to be laid aside by God.
It is easy to get away from simply sitting before Jesus Christ and asking Him to take
us by the hand and lead us through the Bible so that we will come to know Him. All too often we boast of some technical approach
with which we are trying to study the Bible. Many boast how they have gone over the Greek and Hebrew, and how they have specific
insight from years of study. Studies like this may have value. But they can harm us if we no longer see the simple truths
that God's Word shows in just about any translation.
" For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring
to nothing the understanding of the prudent." (1Corinthians 1:19)
To approach God with a childlike, tender attitude is vital for our studies. The more
we depend on our own wisdom, the more God’s Word is hidden to us, and the less we will be able to see even if we strongly
But to the humble heart and mind God’s revelation will come forth to feed the
spiritual food necessary. They will be given meat in due season. The walls of a humble heart will not hinder them from being
fed. As they are able to handle it, they will be brought step by step in their spiritual development.
Let us learn to approach God with the childlike humility necessary in our Bible study.
Then He can give us the wisdom of Christ; He is our wisdom.
" But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom,
and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. " (1Corinthians 1:30)
We will seek the wisdom of God, as we should, when we realize that we cannot depend
on our own wisdom. Until then our attitude will be a hindrance to the Holy Spirit.
As we acknowledge our lack before God, and come before Him with this childlike attitude,
seeing that we know nothing before Him, open and tender, then He will shine His light on the pages of the Bible so we can
be taught properly.