Are You Snorkeling in the Sand, or Deep Sea Diving?

Wow, the Scriptures have such incredible depth! I feel like I could “deep sea dive” into the Word, and never arrive at the bottom or the end.

I have found that if I am reading the Word, and I am being bored, the fault is not the Scriptures’. The problem is my own. I am not “deep sea diving,” I am just snorkeling… in the sand of the beach!

Our primary teacher of God’s Word is… God! Specifically, the Holy Spirit is our teacher. When I am not making progress in my reading of The Word in my devotional life, my first step is to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help me with understanding the revelation of the Scriptures.

When I take the step to pray and ask, this is tantamount to moving from snorkeling on the beach to skin diving in the water. The Holy Spirit is our “dive partner,” and our instructor. He enjoys teaching us and mentoring us, all in accordance with the Scriptures.

In the Book of Acts, the Christians in Berea are highlighted and pointed to as good examples because they diligently studied the Scriptures as part of their personal discipleship practice.

It is imperative that the Holy Spirit be our teacher and mentor in the Scriptures. Yes, God has given to us, “Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers, to train [us] the people” (Ephesians 4:11-12), but just as the Holy Spirit is to be THEIR primary teacher, so the Spirit is to be OUR primary teacher, followed by (in a secondary role) these others who have been called and anointed-for-ministry.

Thank you for reading, my friend. I pray that the Holy Spirit will answer your prayer… the prayer where you ask Him to join you as your instructor in “deep sea diving” into the limitless depths of the Scriptures, the Word of God.


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