January 26, 2015
What We Miss When We Zip Through God’s Word
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16,17 TNIV).
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One summer I went to a very famous art museum. I walked up and down the aisles, quickly glancing at first one masterpiece and then another. Finally, I decided to stop and look at one particular painting. I don’t even remember which one it was. The more I looked at the painting, the more I began to see.
It was dark on one side and grew lighter on the other. I noticed the expressions on the faces, the longing of a child, the pain of a man, the approaching cloud in the sky, the hues of the clothes, a bare foot, a torn robe, a clenched fist. A story began to unfold before my eyes and it was as if I were beginning to see into the heart of the artist.
Then God began to speak to my heart about how I sometimes read the Bible. Sometimes I dash through the Scriptures like someone speeding through an art gallery and never stopping to see what the artist intended. Like walking briskly through an art gallery, sometimes I grab the Bible and read a few verses before running out the door in the morning or closing my eyes at night.
But God’s Word is a masterpiece and He speaks through every stroke of the writer’s pen. Oh the treasures stored on each page just waiting to be discovered!
The Hebrew word for Bible is mikra, which means “the calling out of God.” He calls out to us from the pages and speaks to us through the words. The Bible is amazingly profound and yet simple enough for a child to understand. The more time we spend in the Scriptures, the more God will reveal the truths within.
The Bible tells us that the Scriptures are alive. John calls Scripture “the Word of life” (I John 1:1). Peter calls Scripture the “living and enduring word of God” (I Peter 1:23). “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
No matter how long we live, no matter how many times we read through the Bible, God will continue to speak to us through the pages of His Word. His words are living and bring us life!
Today, pick one verse and ponder it. Just one. I wonder what you’ll see that you’ve never seen before.
Dear Lord, I pray that You will give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know You better and so that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which You have called us, the riches of Your glorious inheritance in the saints, and Your incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:17-19).
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Camp out on one verse today. Just one. Try looking in Ephesians or Philippians. Then click over to my Facebook page and share what you saw that you never saw before.
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