It’s easy for me to get side-tracked when I do personal, devotional Bible study. I easily and quickly forget the point of why I want to study the Bible: to know God. He has revealed himself in all of Scripture, most specifically and poignantly in the man who is God, Jesus Christ. But we get at Jesus by the Spirit-inspired Word. We know God through the Bible. I want to know the Bible because I want to know God.
That’s the point. Application and life-change comes from that, as the Spirit moves that knowledge of God down into my soul. Seeing the glory of God in Christ is the way I am changed.