from Tim Gombis. He shares in part:
In my first year of college I was consumed with understanding the Bible. I tried to get my hands on anything and everything that would help me to “get it.” I remember being at a bookstore and spotting a little booklet called “How to Study the Bible” by John MacArthur. I had to buy it. Among a number of other things in that little paperback booklet was one of the most valuable suggestions for knowing and understanding the Bible I have ever come across.
MacArthur said to choose a portion of text of about 3-5 chapters and to read that text for 30 days straight. Just read it and re-read it, again and again. So I did. I started with James. I read it once. And then again. After five days, nothing magical happened. After ten days, still nothing. I wasn’t arriving at the deep insights I was seeking to gain.
After about 18-20 days, I noticed that I was walking to class with a question running over and over in my head: “Who is wise and understanding among you?” It just kept repeating (James 3:13). And then the answer: “Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” (I was reading the NIV my parents had given me).
I wasn’t intentionally “memorizing” the passage, but the cadence of the words and the flow of thought were running through my head. After about 25 days I noticed that I felt I knew James in a thoroughgoing way, and after those 30 days felt like James was an old friend. Read More.
Reading and reading and re-reading and re-reading a section of Scripture or whole books of the Bible is GREAT advice… Thanks for the tip Sir!