Recently I read this line in the preface of a John Piper book: . . . I learned how to dig for gold rather than rake for leaves when I take up the Scriptures.
For the most part of my life, I’ve been raking leaves. I’ve been collecting leaves, jumping in them, burying myself in them, and maybe if I just dare to admit it, burning leaves.
But then last year, I was involved in a few things that changed my perspective on studying God’s Word. First, I started studying Joshua at an informal Bible study. It was during this study that I learned to slow down. I’m always in such a hurry, feeling as if I have wasted so much time in my walk with my God. I learned to read, then read again, then read it over and over again. I started feverishly writing in my Bible and putting questions in a journal. Then last spring I took a hermeneutics class. Instead of focusing on the Bible as a self help book to fix all my problems, I began looking at the repeating themes that God reveals through his Word. I learned of the importance in understanding the language, culture, context, etc. When I do the work myself, the Bible comes alive to me in ways I never knew it would. I started digging for gold.
Now what do I do with all the nuggets I’ve been diggin’ up. I don’t meditate. I don’t ponder. I dig and dig and dig. I look at what I’ve worked out, sometimes have a eureka moment, but move on to the next eureka moment. But without the meditating, the pondering, the chewing, how do I apply it in my life?
Any ideas out there? How do you ponder? How do you meditate? How do you apply the truths? I feel as though I’m carrying around a backpack full of gold nuggets, and it is starting to weigh me down.