I’ve already documented my math struggles, particularly with the law of probability. Thinking about all the college students taking exams reminded me of another math subject that really did a number on my brain in high school – calculus. Not only did I take it, for some dumb reason I took AP calculus which was way, way, WAY over my head. My teacher would say the same thing over and over and over and it just never sunk in. My dad tried to help me and that made it worse. I just never understood this:
I’ve found reading the Bible can give you that same feeling. You read it but don’t understand it. And if you don’t understand it, reading it over and over really doesn’t do you much good. So if you struggle with understanding God’s Word try this: start your reading with small prayer to open your eyes and your heart to what God is trying to teach you through His word. It gets your head and your heart in the right place to truly grasp the lessons God wants you to learn.
“I am your servant, give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.” (Psalm 119:125) and “May my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding according to your word.” (Psalm 119:169) are just two of the many verses asking for wisdom and discernment. Find your favorite and pray it out loud before you even start reading your Bible. It’s amazing what you will see and understand when you do.
God wants to teach us through His Word, but reading the Bible without asking for wisdom is like trying to solve that calculus problem without a tutor. I still don’t understand calculus, and I’m fairly certain I won’t need that in my adult life (thank goodness!). But I do need to understand God’s Word so I start my quiet time with a prayer for wisdom and understanding. Unlike my math teacher God has a way of opening my mind to the concepts He wants me to learn and I’m thankful for His teachings every single day.
Have a blessed Monday!