This morning one of the men shared what he saw out of the passage we were studying. I have several hours invested in the study – but I did not see what he saw. It was awesome. I was challenged, encouraged, and exhorted to do better by what he saw.
On the other had I have been in a study for about two years now with a pastor in another country. Most of that time we have been focused on equipping him to study the Word more effectively. It took some time but we have weaned him off of commentaries. Last week in the passage we were studying he made some observations that I completely missed and this is my fourth time through that book in the past couple of years. I was beyond thrilled.
Two things. We need to find those who push us in our understanding of the Word and our relationship with Christ. Second, those whom the Lord allows us to help, including and most importantly, our kids, we need to build into their lives so that they get to the point that they are seeing more than we do in the Word of God.
When that happens, I begin to understand Paul in 1 Thessalonians 3:8.