Do you remember being in school and knowing that a test was coming up? There’s extra pressure to get a good grade, to make sure you adequately studied the information, to show that you knew the material. What was even worse though was getting to class and finding out that there was a test…and you HADN’T studied! You were probably a model student and that never happened, but I remember a couple of occasions where I showed up to class and my classmates were talking about the test. “I thought that was next week!” Nope, I figured wrong. It’s today, and I haven’t studied! So you quickly pull out your notes and skim through them hoping to magically ingest the right pieces of information that you HOPE will be on the test. Unfortunately, that’s not usually the way it works is it? You find that you are woefully unprepared and you can’t answer questions that you know you should be able to answer.
On a greater scale than a test in class, Proverbs 15:28 says that the heart of the righteous studies in order than when someone questions him, he can give an answer. Could he give an answer without studying? Yes, but the second half of that same verse says that the mouth of the wicked spreads his wicked ignorance.
We find the same concept in 1 Timothy, as Paul writes to his son in the faith: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” If you are prepared, you have no reason to have the shame of being unprepared. However, while not explicitly stated in that verse, it is implied that if you don’t study the Word of God, and someone asks you a question about the Bible, you should be ashamed that you didn’t study.
That’s not to say you should be ashamed if you don’t know every answer! I’ve talked to people with multiple doctorates in Ministry/Theology and they don’t know all the answers. But we should each be faithfully studying so that we are better prepared for the test today than we were yesterday.
Notice that Proverbs 15:28 doesn’t say that the righteous man knows all the answers. It says that he studies to be ready. Each day, you should be reading your Bible, but more importantly, you should be STUDYING your Bible. You should know it more thoroughly each day.
But even that can be achieved by an academician with know knowledge of God. We should ask that God would reveal Himself to us through His Word so that not only do we know the Scripture better, but that we know the God of the Scripture more intimately. Then, and only then, will be be a workman who is approved unto God, and rightfully divide the Word of Truth!
Did you study today?