I had a bone to pick with my Sunday School class yesterday morning. Don’t get me wrong – I have the absolute best Sunday School class on the face of the planet! They’re a group of bright, middle schoolers who are just about the sweetest kids you’ll ever meet. And yet, there they were, staring at me wide-eyed, nervously waiting for what I had to say.
Their problem: They loved the Bible. But they weren’t digging deep enough.
I’d ask my students a question from the passage that was just read, and they’d point out all that was obvious from the text itself. Everything that was said was what I could infer from reading the passage myself – there was nothing that showed me they were digging deeper into Scripture. They were content what they heard, and so they didn’t care to go any further.
I will agree that everything the Bible has to say is wonderful, but it was meant to be studied. Even as an adult, I found myself simply taking Scripture for face-value for many, many years. The result? I may have read quite a bit of the Bible. But I didn’t understand it as well as I could have.
“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.” – Charles Spurgeon
No matter how many times you’ve read a certain verse of the Bible, if you read it with the right heart and motivation, God will continue to reveal something new every time. It’s amazing how He helps us understand Scripture better through our current circumstances. We just have to be willing to let Him reveal something new each time.
So what about you?
Are you still reading the Bible the same way as you were when you first started reading it? Do you read the Bible asking God to reveal new things to you?
I stress to my students week after week that the Bible is a living, breathing book. It’s the only book whose author is always present when they’re reading it – ready to reveal deep and personal things that are specific to the reader and catered to their exact needs.
God longs to intimately interact with each one of His children, and through the vehicle of the Bible, He does just that. Even people who do not believe in God have found Him by reading through the pages of the Scripture, and attest to the fact that the Bible is no ordinary book.
If you have never immersed yourself in the pages of the Word of God and allowed Him to speak to you, I encourage you to open yourself up to the life changing experience of doing so. In 2015, dig deep. Ask God to speak to you and your situation specifically. He absolutely will!
“Using the Scriptures, the person who serves God will be capable, having all that is needed to do every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:17