HOW TO GRASP GOD’S WORD
To effectively grasp a book, you need to
actively engage the Five Fingers. In the same way, to grasp
God’s Word, the five fingers of your right hand would
be required. Here the fingers stand for: hearing, reading,
studying, memorizing and meditating on God’s Word.
This is one way to learn God’s Word.
Romans 10:17 says: ‘So then faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God.’ You can listen to messages,
audio, video and VCDs of anointed men and women of God. It
is very helpful, but your knowledge of God should not be restricted
to hearing only. Educationists tell us that we only retain
six to ten percent of what we hear. A believer who relies
only on messages he or she hears, would be living on a very
meager spiritual diet that will leave his spirit starving.
This is an important way of knowing God.
In the Old Testament, any king who was chosen to lead God’s
people was required to read God’s Word every day. Deuteronomy
17:19 says: ‘And it shall be with him, and he shall
read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to
fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and
these statutes, to do them.’
God’s Word is the source of our energy.
Just as physical energy is generated by physical food, so
is spiritual energy generated by reading the Bible. Educationists
say that we retain 20% to 25% of what we read.
World evangelist Dr Billy Graham suggests
reading five Psalms and a chapter of Proverbs daily alongside
other portions of Scripture. This way, you will be able to
read through Psalms and Proverbs every month. Psalms help
us to cultivate our relationship with God, while Proverbs
enable us to develop a right relationship with our fellow
To study is to work at what we read with
the purpose of understanding, retaining and utilizing the
information. We retain about 50% of what we study. In 2 Timothy
2:15 we are commanded to study to show ourselves approved
There is great depth in God’s Word.
When you read, you only scratch the surface. But when you
study, you dig into its hidden treasures. To study means that
you record every fresh revelation you receive while you are
busy with God’s Word. It also means asking and answering
questions when you read it. It means comparing one verse with
another, and looking up a topic and learning all you can about
it. As you discover the truth in the Bible, take care to put
them into practice.