The evangelistic method of Jesus and the apostles was not to urge people to seek direct experiences with God; instead they went about preaching and teaching the Scriptures (see, for instance, Mark 1:14-15). And Jesus did not say that once we have spiritual life we live by direct mystical experience with God; rather, we 'live ... on every word that comes from the mouth of God' (Matthew 4:4). 'All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every food work' (2 Timothy 3:16-17). That includes the 'good work' of growing in the knowledge of God and likeness of Christ. So in Scripture the normative method of meeting God is through Scripture.
Donald S. Whitney, 'Unity of Doctrine and Devotion', in The Compromised Church, ed. John H. Armstrong (Wheaton, IL.: Crossway Books, 1993), p.95
"There are doubtless many people who do not see the need of introducing grammatical points in a devotional study of the Bible. Grammar, they would say, is tedious and uninteresting. Cannot we simply read the Bible, and, apart from all grammatical considerations, let its message flow into our hearts to bless us? The answer to questions such as these, however, is that the message of the Bible cannot bring blessings to us, unless we first understand what the message of the Bible is. And to understand what the message of the Bible is, we must study grammar. This applies not only to the theologian, but to all who would study the Bible. If we are to understand God's Holy Word, we must be prepared to work; we must read with care, and we must carefully consider what God has so graciously revealed to us. We must, in other words, study just as we studied when we were in school."
We would like to share some worth-while quotes from various authors to make you pause and consider different aspects of what God's Word teaches.