As many of you know, I read the Bible through every year. It has been my practice for a long time, and I am often asked why I do so. My answer normally is that I am still learning much from the ancient text and love that the Lord continually reveals understanding to me through the Scriptures. While that is a very truthful answer and has been for many years, I am discovering something absolutely wonderful that I have not seen so clearly before.
The primary use of the Word is not to help me behave myself and understand more data; it is instead to commune with my God! It is a place to immerse myself in His thoughts and His story. It is a time to get to know Him whom my heart loves and follows. My direction of thinking about the Word must be reversed. My heart receives, but now my heart must give and receive as I study. The amount of time I spend in the Word is not to be determined by my need, nor my assignment nor to find an answer. It is instead to love Him and to spend time with His thoughts.
So often we are content to rest our faith in someone’s system of “how-to” than to rest ourselves in Him and allow Him to be revealed as we focus His direction. This passage was in my daily reading this morning:
“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling; and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” 1 Corinthians 2:2-5 RSV
This precious Spirit dwelling within has promised to bring us into all truth (John 16:13). As we trust and choose in love to spend time in Him, amazing things occur. Let’s reverse our traditional thinking in approaching the Scriptures and begin to commune in Him as we read and study. What an amazing discovery and opportunity.