Not learning Bible doctrine by means of instruction, leaves you in a state of spiritual ignorance. Bible doctrine cannot be self-taught, as so many wrongfully believe. This leaves you vulnerable to the many difficulties of life.
Bible doctrine is the foundation ingredient that the soul needs, in order to deal with life. You have to learn it in order to have it in your soul.
When disaster strikes, you primarily use the resources within your soul, to deal with the disasters and difficulties of life.
Without Bible doctrine, you lack the spiritual resources, which are the real and true resources, that are needed in order to handle any and all aspects of life.
God sits back on His throne in heaven, having given each and every one of us His written word, and watches to see whether we are going to learn and use that word.
Without Bible doctrine in the soul, you lack the spiritual stability, you lack the spiritual muscle, you lack the spiritual faith that is needed when dealing with everything in life. And when trouble strikes, then you flounder, and this verse addresses that floundering.
When trouble strikes, you have to deal with fear, you have to deal with that which causes the fear, and then you have to deal with the trouble itself.
Without Bible doctrine in the soul, because it has not been learned, then you lack the spiritual resources that combat fear. Without spiritual resources then fear can quickly overtake your life.
Without spiritual resources, then anything and everything in life, small or great, can impose fear into your life. And when you have fear, then you have no stability. And without stability then the simplest of difficulties in life can overwhelm you. And the great difficulties of life can destroy you.
With Bible doctrine in your soul, then you have control over fear, and therefore control over how you deal with the difficulties of life. And this can make a huge difference in the quality of your life.
God does not bend down and fix your problems for you. More often than not you have to work your way through problems, and that requires a fear free thought process. Bible doctrine provides the clarity of thought that helps you get through life.
Study [by instruction],
to show thyself approved [spiritually mature]
a workman [student]
that need not be ashamed [ignorant],
rightly dividing [learning, understanding, discerning]
the word of truth [Bible doctrine].