Before we move any further in our study of Lydia, I want to present for you a very simple tool to add to your tool box. At first glance, today’s tip might seem too elementary. Nevertheless, few people truly use this tool when studying the Bible. While seemingly simple, it can be used to uncover information that is often passed over. The study tool I present today is asking questions.
As you read over a passage, open your study journal and answer the following questions:
- How Much/ How Many
- How Long
- What questions did the passage prompt?
- What details are not given?
- What themes/lessons emerge that might apply to my life?
You will find there may be numerous answers from your passage for each question. Let’s employ this technique for the passage of Scripture for Lydia we have been studying. Yesterday, you read the passage with an eye for detail and emotion. Today I suggest you grab a piece of paper or your study journal and write each of the questions above down a page. Read through every verse slowly and apply questions 1-7 for each. After you have read the entire passage, ask questions 8-10 and record your answers.
Let’s open our Bibles to Acts 16:11-15 and get started.
When you finish compare your notes today with those you recorded yesterday. Did using the tool of asking questions help you focus on more detail? Was God able to highlight something for you through this simple activity? Asking questions requires us to slow down as we read and really take in what is being said.
I can’t wait til tomorrow when I can share a glimpse of my answers with you! In addition to the usual discussion post, look for my study notes in a post titled Comparing Notes on Lydia. Until then, may you feel God’s favor upon you. He loves you so!