“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Acts 17:11
Today, when I read this, truth that I have known for a long time came to me in a new way. “Noble character” is a result of “examining the Scriptures every day”. The Bible is a living Word. As we read and examine and study, the Holy Spirit is able to transform our thinking. Paul was a great teacher. Verse 2 says that in the synagogue he “reasoned with them from the Scriptures”. We can listen to and read the writings of Biblically sound pastors and teachers. (And I am in no way critical of this as a part of Christian growth.) I do know and confess, for me, some days it is easier to pick up my little devotional book and simply read the snippet of Scripture and the commentary rather than open up the Bible myself. “I don’t have time to read all four chapters” … “I am too tired, I wouldn’t be able to process it well anyway” … excuses , excuses, excuses. We can learn a lot and be challenged in our thinking by Godly men and women as they instruct us, but we would be wise to do as the Bereans did when ”they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
Father, thank you for your Word. Thank you for the way it provides us with fresh insight into your character each time we pick it up. Help me to be diligent about examining the Scriptures every day.