President John Quincy Adams: Believer in God and a Student of the Bible (Part 3)
Howard Hendricks, in Living by the Book, which every serious Bible student should read, gives three important tips that will improve your Bible study. They are: read, record and reflect. This was something John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States did himself and recommended to his sons for their study of the Bible.
Adams wrote: “To read the Bible is of itself a laudable occupation and can scarcely fail of being a useful employment of time, but the habit of reflecting upon what you have read is equally essential as that of reading itself, to give it all the efficacy of which it is capable. I therefore recommend to you to set apart a small portion of every day to read one or more chapters of the Bible . . . . As an expedient for fixing your attention, make it also a practice for some time, to minute down in writing your reflections upon what you read from day to day; you may perhaps at first find this irksome, and your reflections scanty and unimportant, but they will soon become both easy and copious.
“And may the merciful Creator, Who gave the Scriptures for our instruction, bless your study of them, and make them to you ‘fruitful of good works.”
A man came up to his pastor and said that he read his Bible every day for 30 minutes but that he got little out of it. The pastor wisely advised him to read for only 15 minutes and then spend the next 15 minutes meditating upon what he read. Sound advice.
The key is not how much of the Bible you have gone through, but how much of the Bible has gone through you!
The fact that God revealed Himself and put that revelation in a Book implies that He expects His people to read it. Read, record and reflect is a most helpful way to improve your Bible study.
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