Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 21, 2018
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
Some time ago, I wrote and posted a devotional about nurturing one’s relationship with Christ through Scripture reading. Someone quickly commented. “Thanks so much for this. I want to spend time reading the Bible, but God never says anything to me when I read it.”
Another person commented, “God never speaks to me through the Bible. I hear from Him other ways, but never through the Bible. That’s just not how I hear His voice.”
When I hear statements like this I want to cry, because the Word is His voice! It’s His love letter to mankind—the greatest love letter ever written.
When people say God doesn’t speak to them through Scripture, I want to ask them where they got the idea that God isn’t speaking unless they get goose bumps, or if something off the page doesn’t grab them. Where did they get the idea that God has to speak with more “Wow!” such as through a miracle, a dream, healing, or a word from a stranger? And why do they think Bible reading isn’t supernatural? The Bible is from God, written through people, for people—including you! Now, that’s supernatural!
Early in my Christian walk, I didn’t believe God was with me unless I felt He was. I thought I had to sense His presence to know I had heard from him. When I read Scripture, I was often bored. I even went through a time of feeling like there was nothing exciting in it. Now I look back and think, “Whoa! You were so wrong. Scripture is a never-ending well of refreshment for the man, or woman who will take the time to soak it in.”
We need to move past the notion that we must always be blown away emotionally to believe God is speaking. God speaks through His Word and through it He invites us to come find Him. And in the finding, our minds are gradually transformed—often in a quiet way—from glory to glory. We become more and more like Him as we are changed by truth. God speaks lots of ways, but the main way that He speaks is through His Word, and it’s powerful!
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
And 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness so that we can be equipped for every good work.”
Don’t be duped into believing that God doesn’t speak to you through Scripture. He is always speaking through the greatest love letter ever written.
“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:16).
Lord, thank you for your Word. Help me to never take it for granted. It’s truly amazing. Teach me through it and help me to believe you are speaking to me and teaching me through it. Amen.
Take some time today to read God’s Word today and remember that it’s His love letter to you so you can take it personally.
God speaks to you through His personal love letter, the Bible. #WisdomHunters #loveletter
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