John 8:31, 32 (NKJV)
Our society today is all about everything happening quickly. There are fast food restaurants that even have drive through windows, we have microwave ovens that heat and reheat food in minutes, and there are shortcuts and tips and tricks for computers and computer programs. So much of what we have in life is designed to get things done as fast as possible to minimize the amount of time we have to wait to move on to something else. This is all well and good but when we carry this same mentality over to God, His Word, and spiritual things we can get into trouble.
We often want to run to God's Word in a hurry and find just the right verse we need to apply to our situation and find a quick solution to the problem at hand and then go off to the next task. But, in John 8 we see a different mentality. Jesus said that if we truly want to be disciple, to be a follower of Jesus, we have to stay in the Word and this will allow us to know the Word. Jesus did not say to take a quick glance at the Word or just to give attention to God's Word once and a while; the idea Jesus gave was that we would spend a significant amount of time with His Word.
Jesus said in John 8 that we need to "abide" in His Word, Colossians 3:16 says that we need to let God's Word dwell in us richly, James 1:25 tells us to keep looking into the perfect law of liberty, God's Word, and to then be a doer of it. Many people have not taken the time necessary to really know God's Word and as a result it is not a reality in their life and the Word produces no fruit in their life. We need to spend time reading and studying God's Word on a regular and continual basis and then apply it to our life. By doing this we will know the Word and experience its powerful working in our life.