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Why Do You Study The Bible? And Must You?

I'm in that season where God questions my motives and intentions. It's not a very interesting one. I feel every form of art I hold dear is gradually slipping away from me. The "why" questions are breaking me.

Why Study The Bible

When I was studying the book of Joshua, I had no intention to share it with anyone. I innocently wanted to personally understand the concept of discovering the promised land, entering into the promised land, and taking over the promised land.

As I began the study, I was totally dazed at the things I was blessed enough to understand. I was thrilled by the new insight. I became excited and thought I couldn't keep them to myself.

Then the idea on PYH Series was birthed.

My motives were pure.

In the course of blogging about my study, however, my intention shifted and my motives became diluted. I was no longer studying to KNOW the word, to BELIEVE the word and to LIVE the word.

I realized I was studying so that I would have something to blog about on Monday.

I blew it.

I don't want to be a lifestyle blogger who writes about Christian principles. I want to be a Christian blogger who lives by the principles of the Bible.

I derailed.

Asking Questions

I like that God asks me questions. I like that He loves me too much to let me go too far down the path of destruction. (I don't even love myself that much!)

What I've discovered is that God does not ask questions because He doesn't know the answers. He asks us deep, penetrating questions because He wants us to think.
The other day He asked, "Who Do You Want To Be? " I started to think about my life!

When we ask a question, it's usually because we're lacking information. But when God does, ah, He knows everything.

With questions, God does not only tell us what we've done, but also expose the content of our thoughts and hearts.

Where Are You?

The first question God asks in the Bible is "Where are you?"

Adam and Eve had just sinned, and in their fear and confusion they ran away from God. "The Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?" (Genesis 3:9)

Is that what He's asking you today?

If you believe that God knew where Adam was, then you must pause to consider why God asked that question. I believe He wanted Adam to think: "What has sin done to me? Why did I leave God, and why am I running away from Him?"

What Is Your Answer?

If we truly believe God knows us, we must realize that God's questions have a purpose. And it certainly isn't because He is forgetful and needs us to remind Him. I think He questions us so we might think - think through our choices, our responsibilities, our motives, and our beliefs. 

Maybe, if we try to answer some of these questions in regard to our own lives, we will better understand their wisdom:

"Why do you go to church?"
"Why are you a worker?"

"Why do you study the Bible?"

"Why do you want to get married?"

"Why are you searching for a job"

"Why do you want children?"

"Why do you want more money"

"Where are you?"
"What's your worry?"

"What are you doing here?"

"Who do you say that I am?"

"Do you love me?"

"Do you love me?"

"Do you love me?"

When you are able to answer these questions genuinely (honestly before God), you will begin to understand a very important thing in your life or the reason behind what you do.

Return To God

The Bible says that as soon as we begin to make an effort to return to God, He will draw near unto us (James 4:8). It's like the story of the prodigal son who ran away from his loving father. As soon as the father saw the young man approaching, he ran to embrace his son. God is looking for us, and He wants us to come back.

Perhaps God has recently been trying to gain your attention too. Nothing in the Bible commands us to come to Jesus when we are in the mood or when it is convenient. There is no time to wait or delay. If the Holy Spirit is speaking to you right now, then answer Him now. You'll never be sorry that you accepted Jesus and/or rededicated your life back to Him.

Being able to apply what you study to your life is the most important thing.

God is in search of people with His rhythm - who would love and serve Him with a clean heart in truth and in spirit. Nothing can be hidden from Him who sees the depth of every heart. It is in our best interest to be genuine before God so that we can receive the true reward.

Have a great week.
Stay blessed.
Stay inspired. 

Written by Nwamaka Ajaegbu 
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