The God who spoke light into the world speaks light into our souls. In this lab, Pastor John revels in the amazing grace of God to open our blind eyes and dawn new affections for him.
Principle for Bible Reading
We need God to open our eyes in Bible study. We are not smart enough, diligent enough, and don’t have enough commentaries to get us to understand how we need too. We need God’s Spirit to bless us with sight and transformation.
A.P.T.A.T is a practical way to rely on God when your Bible is open before you:
- Admit that you need God’s help to focus and be engaged. It might be helpful to cast all present anxieties on him before you begin your study (1 Peter 5:6–7).
- Pray for help to not only understand God’s Word but to be obedient to it (James 1:22).
- Trust a specific promise. In this case, Paul’s words to Timothy may be helpful: Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. (2 Timothy 2:7).
- Act by prayerfully reading, thinking, and meditating on truth.
- Thank God for his word and for meeting you whether you feel like it was especially rich or not.
- How might Satan be “blinding” unbelievers from seeing God’s glory (2 Corinthians 4:4–7)?
- How much power does it take for God to overcome this blindness? What does this tell us about our lostness?
- What is the treasure in 2 Corinthians 4:6–7?