Basic Tracking God Principles
Tracking God has developed specific principles to follow when reading and studying your Bible. These principles aid the Bible student in seeing more of God as He has revealed Himself as He interacts with His creation throughout Scripture. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God" and "prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21). Further we know that "these things happened unto them for ensamples: and were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." (1 Corinthians 10:11).
How much we know about someone or something is directly related to the quality of the commitment we are willing engage in to explore everything that can be known about the subject. The more facets we examine of a person’s life, as we would a precious jewel, the more we understand them, appreciate them, and trust them. The same applies to our knowledge of God.
To begin this process, we need to start with good methods of observation. For example, the deer has a great way of quickly finding potential dangers. It has been labeled, “splatter vision” (Tom Brown Jr., The Search, p. 211). It consists of taking in all of a scene, like a wide-angle lens, without focusing immediately on anything particular. This allows the deer to notice anything that is moving or which seems to be out of place (disturbances and irregularities). After identifying any movement or irregularity, the deer then focuses upon the points of disturbances he noticed to determine what he should do about what he has observed.
Applying this process to Bible study, we first read through the entire section of Scripture, noticing (observing) "disturbances" or things that seem out of place in the story. Then we can begin the process of tracking. Let's begin by looking at some basic principles. Then go to the next page for an exercise in applying these principles.
|Applying the Principles—go to next page for an exercise in applying these principles|