I know what it’s like to wish I could look up and see God’s will sky written in the blue expanse. Or to wish I had I could hear from God personally and specifically. Or, I am sorry to say, to feel bored with a seemingly dry or familiar part of Scripture.
But we don’t need to long for something more or something different.
Peter tells us, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” (2 Peter 1:3-4).
We have “all things that pertain to life and godliness” “through the knowledge of him who called us” by “his precious and very great promises.” As we get to know Him more and more through His Word, we have everything we need to live for Him.
One former pastor used to say that the Bible is “divinely brief.” Of the multitude of things God could have told us, the sixty-six books contained in the Bible are what He chose to convey to us.
What are we doing with that special, God-given book?
No, God won’t tell us which job to take, which city to live in, or which person to marry in the Bible. But the Bible will teach us principles of walking with God and developing wisdom, and God promises to guide us in the way we should go.
Some times in the Bible are intensely personal. I don’t know how many times my scheduled reading for the day directly answered something I had been praying about or pondering.
When I was in the hospital before being diagnosed with transverse myelitis, I was scheduled for an MRI. The night before, nearly every nurse or aide who came in asked me if I was claustrophobic. I wasn’t sure. I was told the MRI sometimes made people feel uncomfortable because they slide you into this close-fitting tube and you have to be very still. They said they could give me a sedative if I thought I would need it. I wanted to avoid unnecessary medication if I could, so I declined the sedative.
The next morning, the Daily Light on the Daily Path reading, which is made up of just Scripture verses with no commentary, was about being still, being quiet, or resting in the Lord:
- “Sit still, my daughter” (Ruth 3:18)
- “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
- “Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted” (Isaiah 7:4)
- “In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15)
- “Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still” (Psalm 4:4)
- “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7)
- “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established” (Psalm 112:7-8)
Many of those verses were familiar to me, and throughout the MRI, I repeatedly went over them in my mind. They washed over my soul and quieted me.
Every meal we eat can’t be a Thanksgiving or an anniversary dinner at the steak house. But even the peanut butter sandwiches and tuna casseroles nourish us.
Every conversation with our spouse won’t be thrillingly romantic. The everyday “Can you pick up the dry cleaning?” and “Good dinner, thanks” weave together with the highlights to form the fabric of a strong relationship.
Every day isn’t fireworks and feasting. Most are quietly spent at home.
Every time in the Bible won’t be a mountaintop experience or warm and cozy.
But all our times in the Word help us get to know God better and strengthen us to live for Him.
We’ll never exhaust the Bible. There will always be something new to learn, no matter how many times we read it. But we also need the repetition of old truths so we don’t forget them.
If the Bible seems “old” or stale to us, maybe reading Psalm 119 will help the psalmist’s enthusiasm infuse our souls. Asking God to speak to us and give us understanding and a new appreciation for His Word helps as well. Aids like a good study Bible or commentary or study book can help open passages up to us.
Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63). Psalm 119:24-25 says, “Your testimonies are indeed my delight; they are my counselors. My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!”
Do you need a fresh word from the Lord? Pick up the old faithful Bible. Let God’s Word revive you.
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If we abide in Him all of our days can be a blessing!!
Isn’t it just so amazing that we have God’s Word and God’s attention — and we fail to appreciate it!
So well said!
Loved this! As I read through the Bible, I often feel like it’s “peanut butter and jelly.” But I know that the discipline of reading the Word has value in itself, and as you say — we never know when one of those “fresh word” moments will strike. I love the verses you read on the very day you needed them for the MRI.
Thank you, Barbara.
I love that God gave you the exact words you needed as you went for the MRI. I love how his Word can seem so fresh even when it’s a part we’ve read many times before. Something can strike us in a new way or fit perfectly with the situation we’re in.
I love how you compare reading the Bible to everyday life. Every day cannot be the best. Some days are routine, even boring. But…Oh, those days when we have a “mountaintop” day. Those are the ones that keep us going. It is the same thing with Scripture. Every Bible reading cannot be a transcendent glorious event, but some are, and we live for those times.
The worst thing about MRIs is that the attendants tell you not to swallow…when they really mean, ‘don’t gulp’. I immediately start swelling as soon as they tell me that ;). I love how you found just the encouragement you needed right when you needed it. God is good.
Barbara, this is wisdom. We read God’s Word to store it up in our hearts. I am always amazed at how a verse will come back to mind during the day. Sometimes I read it earlier in the day and at times, it is from previous readings. But it is always right on time.
I love that the scriptures provided just what you needed to relax and get through your MRI, Barbara. I used to think Psalm 119 was kinda dry, but in recent years I’ve discovered how full it really is of beautiful truth about God’s Word. As I am just finishing up Leviticus in my daily reading plan, I really appreciated reading this today. 🙂
Such comforting reassurance! Thanks for sharing, Barbara. This is so true, “The Bible will teach us principles of walking with God and developing wisdom, and God promises to guide us in the way we should go.”
Yes I love your illustrations how every day won’t be a feast but will in fact provide the nourishment we need – our daily bread!
Love the scriptures you shared. 1 Peter 1:3 has been a favorite lately
“Of the multitude of things God could have told us, the sixty-six books contained in the Bible are what He chose to convey to us.”
I never thought of it that way! Wow. There is even more to our great God than may be contained in what He chose to reveal to us. That is mind blowing. Loved this encouraging post to keep getting into His word, Barbara.
God’s Word is alive and powerful! And they are LIFE to me. Thanks for these great illustrations of this. Very encouraging post.
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