Transformed by God’s Word
Laura Toews Story
It has been one short year and I feel like I could fill a book with what God has done in me, and how He has made my heart beat for knowing Him through His Word over this past year, and given me a deep desire to disciple others in the same way.
In the fall of 2011 as part of a DVD study series I was doing with some girlfriends, we watched a session taught by Kay Arthur and I could not get over the way she knew the Bible and wielded it like a weapon! She quoted a verse that I don’t think I’d ever heard or read before: 2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” That verse hit me hard and yet I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it.
After study that morning I jotted that verse on a post-it and stuck it to the mirror in my bathroom, slowly committing it to memory over the next few months. I truly desired to be diligent, someone who didn’t need to be ashamed accurately handling the Word of truth, I just simply had no idea how to do that even after years of being raised in a Christian home and attending church and all it’s various programs.
A few months later my husband and I attended a family wedding where I had the privilege of chatting with a couple of cousins that were noticeably and beautifully in love with the Lord and couldn’t stop talking about all that God had shown them and done in their lives through studying His Word. With 2 Timothy 2:15 on my mind, I thought they must be onto something in the way they are studying the Word… what is it? and where could I find it? I went away that night knowing that God had kept an appointment with me through my interactions with them. And I was determined to figure out how I could fall in love with God’s Word too.
A week later one of the cousins I’d been talking with emailed me saying that God had put me on her heart and she felt like she should invite me to the Precept study she’d been attending. My answer was an enthusiastic “yes!” I could hardly wait to get started.
So last summer I began my first PUP study in the book of Hosea. To say that I was unprepared for what was about to happen in my life would be an understatement. What I thought would be a great way to know the Word better, turned out to be a life-changing way of studying my Bible and knowing my God and having His Word change and cleanse me. Prior to being introduced to inductive study I would have read the book of Hosea thinking that there is no way without a degree in biblical theology that I could personally understand it, or that it had any relevance for my life today. Today, I can’t seem to get enough of the Word and my soul starves when I go a day without it! I’m amazed at the way I can know it and understand it for myself!
God also in His great love and mercy moved in the heart of my husband to start to study God’s Word inductively and I’ve been the most proud spectator as I’ve seen God start to transform Him by the washing of the water of the Word. It surprises even us to spend the evenings discussing what we are learning and how to apply it instead of turning the TV on! And teaching the Word in our home to our children happens much more naturally because we love studying it ourselves. And as our kids watch us “colour” in our Bibles, they too have asked for coloured pens to start marking their own!
In September I was able to attend a weekend workshop that included leader training and have had the privilege of leading a couple of PUP studies this spring. It is SUCH a joy to see my sisters excited to be in God’s Word and have it transform their lives like it continues to do mine. I can only imagine the far-reaching effects of each one person developing a love for God’s Word and allowing it to be the authority for their lives… the impact on marriages, homes, communities, cities, and churches will be amazing!
I honestly could weep over the years I missed out on knowing my God through studying His Word, letting my Bible collect dust on the shelf yet professing it to be my “favourite book.” I am grateful to Precept Ministries for their faithful commitment to establishing people in God’s Word and to Kay Arthur for being obedient to God’s call on her life so many years ago. I am one person changed because of it.