The second common mistake to avoid, according to Jen Wilkin, is:
- “2. We allow our hearts to guide our study.”
“Interestingly, the same verse that commands us to love God with all of our hearts also commands us to love him with all of our minds. Our minds are the seat of our intellects. Attaching our intellect to our faith does not come naturally to most of us. We live in a time when faith and reason are spoken of as polar opposites. At times, the church has even embraced this kind of language. For some of us, the strength of our faith is gauged by how close we feel to God at any given moment—by how a sermon made us feel, by how a worship chorus made us feel, by how our quiet time made us feel.”
Peter would agree: in 2 Peter 1:3 he states that it is “through the knowledge of [God]”
that we are “granted…all things”. And then in verse 4, he defines “all things”; he says they are God’s “precious and very great promises”.
Knowing God helps us to understand and receive his precious promises. The opposite is also true: no God, no promises. If we don’t really know the God of the Bible, as his Word reveals him to us, then we will still latch onto promises, they just won’t be his promises. We’ll have made them up and read our desires into Scripture, or will be left to sort out which of the world’s promises (so-called) are most likely to pan out for us in the end.
Click HERE to read the about the other common mistakes to avoid when studying the Bible.