Quite often, we’re intimidated by the Bible. We all can take on a verse or two. But that is pretty much it.
The Bible isn’t made up of singular verses, but of whole books. I intend to go on record, to encourage you to ingest the Word. It’s as if we went to a Chinese restaurant buffet. There is so many delicious choices. But we load up exclusively on the “Kung Pao Chicken.” We make many trips, but that is all we take. Only the Kung Pao, and that’s it.
Have we really experienced this restaurant? Or just the chicken? The Word is extensively diverse. There are recipes, and there are heaping and steaming platters of things we will never personally experience, and that is a shame. So much is there, but we pick out just one thing.
I have been reading the first few chapters of the prophet Jeremiah. It really humbles me, and I sense I’ve been sliced open and my innards have been drug out into the streets. It has spiritually eviscerated me. It has opened me up, with a spiritual power. (I’m sorry, but “Moby Dick” or “Great Expectations” or other works of classical literature does nothing comparable for me.)
God’s Word has a peculiar dimension to it. What it does is spiritually forceful. It eagerly waits for us–this leather backed book. At random we pick it up and start to read. Quite quickly, it slips through our issues, and it directly ministers to us. It has such power that it enters our thinking, and detonates, when the time is right. And we are left to pick-up the pieces. (This is good.)
You see, His presence has throughly saturated His Word. He comes and infuses His books. They have been dipped in His very personality and brought out for us to read and handle. The things we discover there develop an awareness of truth and what is real. If you study, you will hear the voice of God.
You have not arrived. There is still a substantial work to be done. You desperately need God’s words. And you don’t need to become proficient or educated. Perhaps we should just strive to be holy and kind. Even an unorthodox approach is better than none. Please–put down the remote, take up your heart, and apply it to your Bible. It won’t take long, but the work is eternal.
“The Bible is alive; it speaks to me. It has feet; it runs after me. It has hands; it lays hold of me!”
— Martin Luther