Learning Crazy

by Joanna Pierce on December 12, 2018

I’ve loved books ever since I was a child. Aside from my minimal book interaction (guarantee) each day at bedtime, we were frequenters of the public library. I adored getting lost in the towering bookshelves and scent of vanilla paper.

With the onset of writing assignments in grade school, I was introduced to encyclopedias. If you wanted to know something about anything, an encyclopedia was your go-to study tool. I was so enthralled with encyclopedias, I wanted to buy my own set someday…

Fast forward to junior high—I was exposed to larger libraries with more books, and “Ask Jeeves” even came on the scene. But, even with Mr. Jeeves, I still preferred studying and researching in good old-fashioned books. In college, I’d walk floor-to-floor filling my borrowed library cart with volume after volume. Then, I’d find a place to camp out for the day and study for hours.

I never felt I could get enough knowledge and couldn’t get my hands on enough books. Then came my introduction to the Lord and His Word.

Until the age of eighteen, I’d never really looked at the Bible as a “study” book or as the infallible Word of God. But, the Word of God, coupled with my passion for learning (and a new outlook), helped me unlock the ultimate research book. Over the years, I’ve realized I’ll never be short of study topics for as long as I live. My favorite pastime today? Not just studying and learning, but studying the Word of God.

Younger children think I have a never-end homework assignment. You laugh, but adults think my infatuation with study is a bit crazy. Sad to say, many have even told me so. As it turns out, I’m not a lone wolf:

And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad (Acts 26:24, KJV).

Paul (previously Saul) experienced a transformation on the road to Damascus. Jesus revealed Himself in a way Paul had never known. Because of this encounter, Paul set off to study and learn about the One true God in more perfect truth. He never stopped learning or teaching that newfound truth.

Because of his passion for learning the Word and sharing it with others, he found himself locked up in prison, pleading his case to King Agrippa. In the middle of his oration, Festus jeers that too much study has made Paul crazy. But Paul stood fast, kept his faith, and continued on his course just the same.

When we fall in love with the Word of God, we’ll want nothing but to spend more time in it. Constant study seems crazy to the rest of the world, but there’s nothing like the Word, or studying it. Paul would share a crucial truth with the Philippian church much later: everything else in life is worthless when compared to the infinite value of knowing Jesus (Philippians 3:8).

When I crack open my Bible and smell the pages, see highlighted passages, view personal notes scattered between verses and page margins, and feel water-stained drops where tears have fallen as the Lord’s spoken to me, my spirit is stirred.

You know what studying God’s Word has afforded me? Life, power, anointing, joy, peace, forgiveness, and so much more. I don’t care if the world defines this as crazy—I have a sound mind according to God (II Timothy 1:7). I seek to study and learn about Him so I can correctly explain the truth just like Paul (II Timothy 2:15). If this is crazy, that’s all I want to be.

If you have a thirst for learning, I challenge you to pick up the ultimate study tool to take you to depths of knowledge you’ve never known. Studying God’s Word can make you crazy—crazy about Him. Can you think of anything better? Join me, and start learning crazy today.