Today I found a Bible verse that felt brand new to me. I’ve read the Bible and especially the New Testament many times. Still I find something new all the time. It is because the Bible is the Living Word of God which means God speaks through it. When we prayerfully approach the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to open our spiritual eyes to see what needs to be seen, God will speak to us. And this does not mean that God speaks in general but he really speaks to us individually. The Bible tells us so:
Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. (Romans 15:4, MSG)
The Bible is thousands of years old yet it still speaks to us today. Personally. The Holy Spirit reads us as we read the Word of God. And the Holy Spirit guides us as we read it. This is what makes the Bible special. But it only happens when we approach it prayerfully. That’s why some people can’t understand why Christians still cherish it. It is not just a book. It is the Living Word of God.
I don’t understand everything in the Bible. But I do know that the Living God speaks through the Bible. That’s when it feels that my heart expands. That’s when it feels that God is with me. That’s when it feels that everything will be right.
When you have experienced this there is no way you will back off from reading the Bible, believing in God, conversing with God. It does not make sense to the world. But it is the most precious thing to get personal counsel in Scripture. It is the most amazing experience to be steadily loved by God. It is the most uplifting thought to realize God cares and is with you every step of the way.
The Bible is a huge gift. It gives us glimpses of eternity. It gives us an access to hear God’s voice. It tells the salvation story. It equips us to our journey. It keeps us alert to what God’s doing next. And all this is written to us. Not just for the people thousands of years ago but for us today, here and now.
Why don’t we then read it faithfully?
Why don’t we then devour it prayerfully waiting for God to speak?
Why don’t we let the Bible read us and change us inside out?
We all have great excuses. But God doesn’t want excuses. He wants us. He wants us to come to him in prayer and thanksgiving and read his Scripture. The Bible is holy because God speaks through it. If we want to become holy we need to spend time with the Holy One and read the Holy Scriptures. Day by day. Even a few verses will do if we do it prayerfully. And it does make a difference in our lives.
Let the Word of God whisper the words of eternal life into your soul.
Let the Word of God breath hope and more hope into your life.
Let the Word of God spread grace and peace into your heart.
Thank you for being alive
and wanting us also to be alive in you.
Draw us into your Word.
Teach us how to encounter you
by reading your Word.
Enable us to hear your voice
and don’t let anything hinder us
from abiding in you.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How do you know that the Bible is the Living Word of God?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you devour the Word of God!