John Amos Comenius, The Great Didactic
“Those...who devote themselves to letters and a life of contemplation should do so with one object in view, namely, that they may see in everything the power, the wisdom, and the goodness of God, that they may be filled with love for Him, and may unite themselves so fast to Him in love that they can never be torn away.”
Monday: Read Job 38-41
What “lesson” about Himself – and about Job – was God trying to teach His servant in these chapters? What does He want us to learn from this?
Tuesday: Read Psalms 19 and 24
What is the “glory” of God? In what sense can we say that the earth and everything in it “proclaims” the glory of God? Why should that matter to us?
Wednesday: Read Psalm 111
Why should we study the “works” of the Lord? What are those “works” and what are some of the disciplines that we might engage in order to study them?
Thursday: Read Psalm 119
In your Bible, underline every verb that describes how we should relate to the Law, Word, or statutes and precepts of God. Now evaluate your own practice in the light of those words.
Friday: Read Acts 17, Titus 1
It seems clear the Apostle Paul was a student of the culture in which he lived. How can you see that in these two chapters? Why is important that we be students of our times and culture (cf. 1 Chron. 12:32)?
Saturday: Read Psalm 90
How much of your time each week is presently devoted to studying in the way Comenius described in the quote above? How might you improve on this?
Sunday: Read 2 Timothy 3:15-17 and Hebrews 4:12
Why should we strive always to become better students of the Word of God?
Lesson for This Week
Time is precious, and the more of it we can devote to knowing the Lord, the richer and fuller will be our lives in Him. But this takes study, both of God’s Word and of His world. Would you call yourself a serious student of each?
Develop a personal study plan for the coming year designed to help you become more acquainted with the Lord through all the means suggested in these readings. Share your study plan with a friend. Ask him or her to pray for you and meet with you from time to time in order to hold you accountable for staying after your plan.
For more information on this topic, order a copy of T.M.s’ book, Consider the Lilies, from our online store. You might also like to read the article, “To Search and to Study,” by T. M. Moore.