One of the great truths that came out of the Protestant Reformation was that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God and all other voices are subservient to its authority. God has spoken and He has spoken through a book, the Bible.
This discovery was a liberating discovery for Martin Luther and became an important theme in his preaching, teaching and writing after his conversion. He was not a lazy student. He read books other than the Scriptures and authored many books himself. But he learned to give prominence to reading, studying, praying over, meditating upon and proclaiming the Bible. In 1533 he wrote, "For a number of years I have now annually read through the Bible twice. If the Bible were a large, mighty tree and all its words were little branches, I have tapped at all the branches, eager to know what was there and what it had to offer."
One of the passions of Martin Luther was that the Bible would be an open book, whose truths found lodging in open hearts. In his study of Psalm 119 he discovered what he called three rules for studying theology in the right way. He called them: oratio (prayer), meditatio (meditation), tentatio (tribulation). He referred to tribulation as the "touchstone." He commented that these rules "teach you not only to know and understand, but also to experience how right, how true, how sweet, how lovely, how mighty, how comforting God's word is: it is wisdom supreme."
Are you tapping into all the branches of the mighty tree of Scripture? May God make it an open book to our hungry and open hearts.
Thankful for the Word,