Most of us have a tendency to read the Bible looking for reassurance and comfort. The Bible has a lot to offer in that department. But Godâ€™s word is also for correcting us and setting us on the right path (2 Timothy 3:16-17). So, instead of just looking for comfort and reassurance, try asking yourself some of these questions:
1. What am I doing wrong? â€“ This isnâ€™t a fun question to ask, but it is necessary. We may be engaging in a behavior that we donâ€™t even realize is wrong. Unless we take the time to examine our behavior, in light of Scripture, we may never realize we need to change.
2. What am I NOT doing that I need to be doing? â€“ Sin isnâ€™t just doing things that are wrong; sin can also be not doing the good things we ought to do (James 4:17). Next time you read the Bible, try asking what you need to start doing that you havenâ€™t been doing.
3. What is wrong with what I believe? â€“ Just because you believe something, doesnâ€™t make it right. Paul said about his pre-Christian life, â€œI myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesusâ€ (Acts 26:9). If he could be â€œconvincedâ€ that something so wrong was right, is it possible that you might be wrong about something you believe?
Sometimes we read the Bible and recognize things other people need to change or do differently, but Jesus says we need to look at ourselves first (Matthew 7:3-5). Try asking yourself these three questions the next time you read the Bible; they might just help you get more from your Bible study.