Have you ever read a scripture and thought “that’s nice but it’s not really for me… or where I’m at” but then you read the same scripture again in a different light and you think “wow… that’s EXACTLY where I am at”?
Thats the thing I love about Gods word… you can read it again and again and it will seem different as God reveals a new part of it.
It’s like a kaleidoscope… the more you turn it in your mind and focus on different parts of the scripture the more you see in it… and the more God reveals to you.
It’s a real testament to God the author who inspired the writers thousands of years ago… and still illuminates The Word through the same spirit today.
Sometimes we can read Gods word through our own tainted lenses and only see the things that are focused on the part of the scriptures we like or feel comfortable with… but God wants us to be in wonder of each of different parts of that… a Holy wonder at the ‘small’ things.
But it’s too easy to stay focused on the stuff we already know… isn’t it?
Gods character in The Bible is described 100’s of different ways… each character giving us a glimpse of a small part of who God is… and it still doesn’t even touch the surface… and so it would seem to me that Gods scripture would be the same. In fact in Jewish tradition the Rabbis says that sacred scripture has 70 faces.
In Eugene Peterson’s book: “Eat this Book – a conversation on the art of spiritual reading” he writes this.
“The words printed on the pages of my Bible give witness to the living and active revelation of the God of creation and salvation, the God of love who became the Word made flesh in Jesus, and I had better not forget it. If in my Bible reading I lose touch with this livingness, if I fail to listen to this living Jesus, submit to this sovereignty, and respond to this love, I become arrogant in my knowing and impersonal in my behavior. An enormous amount of damage is done in the name of Christian living by bad Bible reading”
Read Gods word…
RE-read Gods word…
EAT this Book…