“I just don’t think I could study the bible that way. My mind doesn’t work like that,” a friend said to me recently. “It seems like a lot of work,” she added, revealing an underlying lie that so many women believe as truth: we aren’t smart enough to understand the word of God on our own. Now, we would never say that out loud, but how does our approach to studying God’s word portray this? When we flip to random passages and directly apply it to our lives in 15 minutes or less, when we rely on devotionals rather than the Bible, or when we park in the New Testament and only read Ruth or Esther in the Old Testament, what does that say about what we believe about ourselves? Leave the theology for the guys! Give us a floral devotional with encouraging passages about how we’re “wonderfully made.”
Having been content with this mentality for a little while, I’ve discovered there’s so much more for us, ladies! And it’s right at our fingertips.