The Bible is such a mine of precious stones and life-long gems that I wanted to get more "tools" to dig them up. Just around the same time, one of my dear cousins asked me:
"Please which type of Study Bible do you recommend I buy?"
The Holy Spirit, in His usual kind way, reminded me that getting more Bible Study tools (&/or gadgets) was not necessarily going to make me read or understand the Bible more. He was very direct in saying: "The best way to get gems from the Bible is by reading it consistently."
So I left off on buying any new "tools" and just focused on making better (& more use) of what I already have. For instance, if I read something once, I'd listen to it twice or just do something different with it and indeed God has taught me so much more. These 3 quotes are so true and note that the first 2 were by former US Presidents:
Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face. ~ Ronald Reagan
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.”
~ Dwight Lyman Moody
When you pick up your Bible, always ask:
"Lord, open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law."*
"Lord, as I go into Your Word, teach me, help me understand
and help me obey. In Jesus Name I pray.**"
P.S. I'm not saying that Bible Study tools are bad - just saying that they should not be a distraction or a reason not to spend the time and dig out gems from the Bible yourself.
* Ps 119:18 - a prayer my Mother taught us while growing up
** My coinage for my children