However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Often we quote this verse without the final phrase—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. God desires to communicate with us; he wants to reveal to us his plans, and purposes. Paul is saying that because we have God’s Spirit we can know God’s thoughts (v.11-12) and furthermore we have the mind of Christ (v.16). How awesome is that!

Yet frequently we are quick to go along with human wisdom without first checking with God for His insight into a situation. In the previous verses Paul has been explaining the difference between human wisdom and the wisdom that comes from the Spirit. God imparts his wisdom to us via his Spirit living within us. However this requires us to be discerning. Not every thought that pops into our heads or our hearts is from God’s Spirit. We have to learn to distinguish God’s thoughts from our own and one of the most important ways we do this is by reading God’s Word.

However more than just reading God’s Word we need to study it so that it impacts our lives. By using a Bible reading method like S.O.A.P. that includes journaling, we are committing to paper not only our observations, but an application and a prayer that are personal. We allow God’s Word to penetrate pass our minds into our hearts.

Proverbs 6:6 tells us to learn from the ant. Ants teach us that doing a little often is very effective. Likewise when it comes to studying the Bible doing a little often is also most effective.