By Pastor Dr. Ronnie W. WolfeThere is no other way to learn God's word than for the face of God to shine upon us, giving us understand in our hearts and minds, teaching us the things of the Lord.
It is the grace of God which teaches us his word: what to believe, and how to live. Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Many times we read the scriptures, and nothing seems to come of that effort; but when God's face shines upon us, we are blessed and taught. We gain new knowledge and a fresh boldness to preach the word of God.
But how do we get God to shine his face upon us? This is done through surrender and prayer. Prayer changes our attitude about God, about ourselves, and about his word.
So, before we study God's word, let us first pray and surrender ourselves, our hearts, our minds to God himself. Whether Elihu was right minded in his speech or not may be debatable, but he made a good statement in Job 22:3-4 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly. 4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.