One of the biggest complaints that I get from people as I try and motivate them to read the Bible daily with some significant time given to it is that they don’t understand most of what they read. One of the obvious solutions is to have some commentaries and Bible Dictionaries identified and available that are written so farmers, mechanics, and construction workers can understand them that I can loan, give, or recommend to them. That does help with much of the geographical, cultural, and historical background information that is part of any passage of scripture. But the most important thing needed is to be taught, led, and enlightened by the Holy Spirit as they read.
Psalms 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.
Psalms 119:27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will meditate on Your wonders.
Psalms 119:34 Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And keep it with all my heart.
So, who does the Holy Spirit teach? Anybody? Everybody? My answer to that question is those who read the Bible faithfully, with a high level of commitment demonstrated by time, and a strong desire to understand in order to grow, obey, and serve.
I tell people to read faithfully and they will understand a little bit, and the next time through it they will get a little bit more, and then a little bit more. Every bit of understanding lays a foundation to help understand more that is deeper. There comes a time after faithfully reading that an insight, understanding, and wisdom of the Word comes and then the person not only reads with understanding but teaches what they learn with power and clarity. It takes time, faithfulness, diligence, and patience that most don’t have, but those who do will be like the Psalmist in chapter 1, “his delight is in the law of the Lord”.