Acts 17:10-12 speaks of the Berean Jews, declaring them to be of more noble character than those in Thessalonica. They received Paul’s message eagerly, and studied the Scriptures daily to see if what he said was true. Many of them believed, as a result.
Like the Jews from Berea, it behooves us to take what others are telling us concerning God’s Word, and study it out for ourselves. It is vital that we have a firsthand knowledge of God’s Word, and base our beliefs upon what it says, rather than simply accepting every teaching we hear at face value.
What we believe about God – about who He is, and how we are to relate to Him – is very important. Our beliefs are the driving force that determines the course of our lives. They can be the difference between living a life of fear and defeat, and a life of freedom and victory. Considering this, it is of high importance that we spend time in the Word of God, which alone is truth (John 17:17), with the request to be given a spirit of wisdom and revelation, that we might know Him better (Ephesians 1:17).
Rather than simply accepting everything we hear, let’s take what we are told, and study it in God’s Word for ourselves, allowing ourselves to be taught by the Spirit of Truth (John 16:13). It is a privilege to be able to enter into relationship with our Heavenly Father. Let’s take time to invest in that relationship, getting to know Him better through the pages of His inspired Word (2 Timothy 3:16)!