Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Developing an Eye for Detail in Bible Study

Do you see it? The arrow on the FedEx truck logo? 

Look again. See it now? 

If you're saying What arrow?, look between the e and the x. Once you see it, you will be looking for it every time you see a FedEx truck!

The Bible is a veritable feast for the eyes. It starts with observation. That's the first step in Bible study. Begin with a simple prayer: "Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from your law" (Psalm 119:18). Ask God to remove the blindness from your eyes so that you might see with a depth of insight you would not otherwise have on your own. 

Here's what I suggest you do every time you open God's word. Try this and see if it doesn't work. I want you to look for one thing in the text you have never seen there before. In other words, don't just look at the text. Observe it. Develop an eagle eye for detail. And do this with every passage you are studying, even "familiar" passages. You'll soon realize there's a vast difference between merely seeing and carefully observing. Keep looking until you find that elusive "arrow" in the text! 

Care to try it?