I can usually tell how productive my study is going, not necessarily by what I learn (though I do love learning), but by the strong sense of connection I experience. Like if I’m reading just to check Bible reading off my list, then I won’t have any special verses. But when I have a bunch of verses that resonate with me, then I know I’m getting somewhere.
And when I say, “special verses,” I don’t just mean the ones that support or validate my personal beliefs- though I think we all keep a few of those on hand 😉
No, what I’m referring to are the verses that *click*. The ones that make me stop and think. Usually, I find myself contemplating them hours after I finish reading. And more often than not, those very verses answer questions or relate to events later on in my life.
- The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. (Matthew 9:37)
- Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Matthew 10:19-20)
- Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:32)
As you can see by my three special verses, today was a good day for Bible study. Probably the most productive since I’ve started the #3030challenge.