Turmoil enhances listening.
Before my husband, Dave, and I were married, he experienced a tunnel of turmoil. His girlfriend left him just weeks before he’d planned to propose. His business was struggling. He felt like he was standing on shifting sand.
One lonely night, it “occurred” to him to go find the Bible his grandfather had given him two decades earlier. Holding the book in his hands, he opened the cover and read the beautiful inscription. In perfect cursive was Psalm 119:9, How can a young man stay pure? By reading your Word and following its rules.
“I’ve got to read this book!” thought Dave excitedly! Diving in he found great value and comfort and wisdom.
It’s fair to say that our Creator, the One who spoke the universe into being with a word (uni=one : verse=word), has limitless ways to communicate to people. He uses nature, music, sermons, circumstances, and Holy Spirit prompts, but the primary way God communicates to us is through the Bible.
The Holy Bible is full of directives to make your life work. It’s packed with comforting verses and encouraging words. There are huge chunks of wisdom and hundreds of miraculous accounts.
Alive and active.
Even though the text was written thousands of years ago, it can speak to you today. Hebrews 4:12 says, For the word of God is alive and active.
Maybe you’ve experienced this. Have you ever read a familiar passage but one day the text comes alive? Something pops off the page. It seems as though God put something new in there just for you.
Have you ever been ruminating on a decision and in the course of your regular Bible reading or Bible study, God uses a passage to speak to that very decision?
Perhaps you posted something on Facebook and it was met with criticism or contempt. As you nurse your hurt feelings, God brings a Bible verse or story to your mind that soothes your wound or gives you the perfect response to post.
Those are just a few instances of God speaking through his word.
Clarity and understanding.
You don’t have to be a leader or scholar or minister to read the Bible with clarity and understanding. If the Bible seems too lofty or hard to understand, read The Message or The Living Translation.
The sole purpose of the God’s Word is to find the heart of God for your life. The whole book is written for us to know, trust, follow and become more like Jesus.
As you read the Bible and become more intimately acquainted with the author, God Almighty will reveal the answers to your questions, the solution to your problems, the call on your life, and the future you’re to live.
How have you experienced divine direction through the pages of the bible? Leave me a comment below. I can’t wait to read about it.
Verse for today: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Prayer: Lord, I want to know you more and better and deeper. Reveal yourself to me as I read your word. Show me who you are and what you have for me. In Jesus Name amen.