Hey guys, I notice a lot when I'm reading this forum that people will post a topic with something along the lines of "I'm studying the difference between so-and-so in Genesis and so-and-so in Revelation" or "comparing the practices of John Doe in the Old Testament and how Bob Smith did things in the New Testament!". As kind of a newbie to Bible study compared to a lot of you guys on here - what's your motivation for studying these different topics? And as a follow-up, what's your technique? Here is my situation: I'll find myself sitting there at my desk, Bible in front of me, even a commentary next to it, and I sit there staring blankly, flipping pages .. it's like I can't figure out what to do! Are a lot of you guys reading devotionals or books or something for the motivation to study the topics you do? Or is it simply just a matter of God putting a certain subject on your heart to research? Maybe I'm just new to all of this and should just hush up and let it all come to me naturally, but sometimes I just feel like I'm reading but I'm not reading with a purpose! If none of this makes sense, please do the following to me: :tonofbricks: But if you kind of felt like me when you first started up studying the Bible and whatnot and can share some insight, tips, suggestions and whatnot - please do tell! :thumbs: I want to learn as much as I possibly can from the Bible so that I can be the best Christian I can be - I want God to be proud of my efforts! I also want to be a good mentor to my daughter when she gets a little older! Thanks for the help!