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Don’t read the Bible as water through a pipe

By Elizabeth Prata

One of our elders referred to this quote by George Muller at Sunday School yesterday. I focused on the part that said ‘water through a pipe’.

As the outward man is not fit for work for any length of time unless he eats, so is with the inner man. What is the food for the inner man? Not prayer, but the Word of God-not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe. No, we must consider what we read, ponder over it, and apply it to our hearts.


― George Muller, The Autobiography of George Muller

Do you read the Bible as water runs through a pipe? Sometimes I do. I finish a paragraph and realize it hasn’t ‘sunk in’. Our elder said we must not allow the word to run through our brain in one ear and out the other, as water runs through a pipe. We should absorb the word like a sponge. Hold onto it, keep it, treasure it.


Here are a few resources for you

Stephen Altrogge at Bible Study Tools
How to Understand the Bible

Grace To You:
How to Study the Bible: Cultivating truth, 4 sermon series

What is the Proper Way to Study the Bible?


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