Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me. Psalm 119:18-19 NIV
Have you ever had trouble understanding the words of the Bible? Have you ever wondered what a passage meant? In this verse, we see the writer praying and asking God to open his eyes so that he could understand the wonderful things that God has written. This is a good prayer to copy in our own lives. Dear God, help me to see and understand the wonderful things that are in the Bible.
God can give us a better comprehension of His word. We just need to ask for His help. Some keys to understanding God and the message He gives in the Bible are as follows:
- Read the book of Genesis, if you haven’t already done so. This will give you background information for the rest of the Bible. It’s much easier to understand the story if you start at the beginning.
- Read through an entire book of the Bible rather than jumping around in the Bible every day. Don’t worry about finishing the whole book in one sitting. Keep reading through one, two, or three chapters each day.
- If you have trouble reading through a book of the Bible, start with the book of Mark. It’s a short, fast-paced book that many people find easier to read.
- Ask God for wisdom in understanding the words that He has written down for you in His book. James 1:5-6 says, “If any of lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt.
- Attend church services at a church where the Bible is taught. Ask God to direct you to a church where you can learn more about Him.
- Compare different Bible passages that deal with the same subject. For example, you can go to www.biblegateway.com and click on Topical Index on the left hand side. Type in a topic that you want to study, and all the verses related to that topic will appear. If you type in “forgiveness,” then a list of verses dealing with forgiveness will appear. This will allow you to learn more about a particular topic or subject that may interest you.