Jonathan Edwards and Resolutions (28): Study the Scripture
28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
First, it would do you well to read my article 3 Steps to Help You Study Your Bible after you read this particular post. As Christians, we shouldn't just be reading our Bibles with our minds shut off, we really should invest in the study of our Bibles. I had a young man approach me just this weekend who is an admitted skeptic of the Christian faith. He asked to meet with me because he has serious questions about the claims of Scripture. I asked him how he knew about certain claims the Scripture makes. He responded, 'because I've been studying it'. This answer made my heart so happy. This young man, who I am confident the Lord is drawing to Himself is studying the Scriptures so that he may know what is true, pleasing, and acceptable.
If an admitted skeptic is searching the Scriptures to find the truth and consequently know the Lord. How much more should we who know the Lord study our Bibles? It is discouraging to hear of Christians who just aren't that interested in investing in the Word of God. Sadly, this may the majority of some many self-professed Christians in our day and age. This was not the case with Edwards and he used some particular words I think we should pay attention to and learn from. He committed himself to study the Scriptures 'steadily', 'constantly', and 'frequently'. In other words, there was this pace he had that wasn't rushed. This means he gave himself plenty of time for the discipline. There was a consistency that he kept so as to stay in a routine. This means that he did it at the same time each day. Finally, there was a growth in the time he devoted as a result of his faithfulness to the discipline of study. As Christians, we must not neglect the study of the word. Develop the discipline and maintain it.