ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Find Out What God Thinks About Anything

Updated on January 27, 2012

Necessary Materials

If you have a Bible, a dictionary (preferably Noah Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language), a notebook, pen, and a bit of time and patience, then you have all you need to know the Lord's thoughts on practically any subject.

Read on to learn how to employ these simple tools to study those ideas and concepts that have had you puzzled!

Identify What You Want to Study

First, identify a subject you would like to know more about. You can take a broad topic, such as faith, love, grace, mercy, or hope, or you can choose a narrower i.e, more specific subject, such as marriage, music, or wealth. Decide what concept or idea you would most like to learn about in depth. For the purpose of this "how to" illustration, I am going to study the word, rage.

Look Up Your Word in the Dictionary

Take your word and look it up in Noah Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language. Choose the definition that most closely approximates the aspect of the word you wish to study. Use whichever definitions seem appropriate to your interest, be they nouns, verbs or adjectives. (This is your study!) Write the word and its definition(s) in your notebook.

For rage, the Webster's 1828 Dictionary has this definition for the noun: "Violent anger accompanied with furious words, gestures or agitation; anger excited to fury. Passion sometimes rises to rage." In my notebook, I wrote what seemed relevant to me: "Violent anger excited to fury." For the verb, rage, Webster's had this: "To be furious with anger; to be exasperated to fury; to be violently agitated with passion." I wrote this entire definition in my notebook as it all seemed entirely relevant.

Underline Words in Definition With Meaning

Next, in your notebook, underline the nouns and verbs in the definition(s) you recorded. For rage, I underlined: violent, anger, excited, fury, furious, exasperated, agitated, passion.

Look Up Relevant Definition Words in a Concordance

Now, take each of the above words,‭ ‬and, one by one, look them up in a concordance,‭ ‬which is a book that lists every word in the Bible,‭ ‬and every incidence of that word,‭ ‬as well as references to the Hebrew and Greek words from which it was translated,‭ ‬(should you choose to take your study that far).‭ ‬The most widely known and used concordance in the world is the King James Version of Strong's Concordance.

Find Concordance Specified Verses in the Bible

Look up each of your underlined words in the concordance, and read those verses in the Bible, recording the ones that seem relevant to you in your notebook. You need to use a version of the Bible that matches your concordance to locate the Scripture references, but once you have done so, you can then read them in any version of the Bible you prefer. Looking up the first of my underlined words, violent, gave me ten references in Strong's, 2 Sam. 2:49, Psalm 7:16, Psalm 18:48, etc. I can now read these, meditate upon them, and copy the ones that seem the most significant to me in my notebook. From there, I can go to my next underlined word, and do the same.

Identify Scripture Keywords

After looking up all of your underlined words, take a look at the Scriptures you copied as being the most meaningful to the heart of your study. What are the key words in those Scriptures? Take those words, now, underline them, and look them up in the Webster's 1828 dictionary. Essentially, you now start all over, only you are a layer deeper into the significance and sense of the word.

Gradually, the depth of meaning from God's word as regards the topic you chose will be imparted to you.

This is a method of Bible study is deceptively simple. Don't be surprised if you yourself engrossed in a study that goes on for years.

May you be blessed in your quest for knowledge!


Noah Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language, Online and Searchable:

Strong's Concordance With Hebrew and Greek Lexicon:

Holy Bible, online, searchable, in more than 100 versions:


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Brett Winn profile imageAUTHOR

      Brett Winn 

      6 years ago from US

      I totally agree!

    • Alexander Mark profile image

      Alexander Silvius 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Charity is a much more beautiful word, in our day we overuse love because it generally covers everything. I love the older languages.

    • Brett Winn profile imageAUTHOR

      Brett Winn 

      6 years ago from US

      I will read your article ... was talking just this past week with one of my children about the meaning of charity, and how I liked it when 1 Corinthians 1 is read with "charity" vs. "love".

    • Alexander Mark profile image

      Alexander Silvius 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Thanks so much for that link, I am going to save up for that - 70 dollars is definitely worth it.

      I took note of what you said about deliberate distortion in the dictionary. I wholeheartedly agree and I wrote a hub having to do with that and the true meaning of charity in the Bible, I think you may like it. Please don't feel obligated to read it, but here is the link if you do:

      Wow, your kids learned Greek? Now that's an education!

    • Brett Winn profile imageAUTHOR

      Brett Winn 

      6 years ago from US

      Bless your heart ... thank you for your kind comments. I was thinking on Sunday that I want to start looking back at the Greek and Hebrew ... our pastor always sparks my interest by saying what words really meant. Three of my four children took Greek in homeschool, so I should be able to get a tutor for free ... if they remember any of it, lol. is the 1828 copy that I use ... it is just the most marvelous dictionary. It is fun to see how the meaning of some words have changed over time, many have been deliberately distorted, or so it seems to me. Enjoy your studies, and thanks for your feedback!

    • Alexander Mark profile image

      Alexander Silvius 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      This is similar to the way I study scripture or a subject in depth in the Bible. I was wondering what the best available dictionary would be for this, I specifically bought the oldest Webster's I could find, it goes back to last copyright 1971 based on a 1966 revision I believe. It's pretty good, but I figure an older one will have less revisions that depart from definitions that align with words in the Bible.

      I love to check the original Greek and Hebrew words and then also the root meanings as far back as I can go. I wish I understood how to use all of the concordance for a complete understanding, but what I can learn has really opened my eyes.

      This hub is simply right on - you don't need anyone to explain the Bible or teach you the in-depth stuff. If you have these tools you can dig in deep yourself.

      Thanks for those indispensable links, they will serve me well until I can find an 1828 copy of the dictionary!

    • Brett Winn profile imageAUTHOR

      Brett Winn 

      6 years ago from US

      Thost ... thank you for your kind words!!

    • thost profile image


      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      I’m glad I read this Hub, sometimes I feel there’s something wrong.

      Anger and pain surface because I do not understand, here is a simple guide. Thank you for a great Hub. Vote up.

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      This is very good.. thank you for writing this... The bible is the best source of learning what God thinks and teaching us how to live and act. And it's His loves letters to us.. Wonderful Hub

      Voted up



    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)