I have a friend who reads books out of order. She reads through the contents and skims over the chapters that seem relevant to her and it drives me crazy! I’ll consider skipping the prologue of a book once in a while, but I find it to be almost irreverent not to read a book in order from cover to cover.
Skimming CAN be a problem for me when I’m reading the Bible, though, particularly when it comes to portions of Scripture that are familiar to me.
What I’ve found to be interesting as I’ve committed to not skimming over well-known portions or skipping genealogies in the last couple of years is how often something will jump out at me that never did before while reading the same passage. It’s one of the most exciting parts about reading the Bible! Dig a little deeper, find precious truths, and then dig some more. The Word of God is treasure-filled, and we are blessed to possess it.
We often take our Bibles for granted, but when we take the time to read Scripture and absorb the truths within it, we find ourselves able to guard our hearts and minds when we’re being attacked spiritually. We also come to know God more personally and understand His wisdom a little more fully. When we pray the words of Scripture back to God, we get the incredible experience of enjoying a conversation with the Author.
I read this familiar portion today, and was struck by it in a way that I had never been before.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. | Matthew 11:28-29
“And learn from me,” He says.
I’ve read this portion many times. I often quote these verses to myself and others. Today as I was digging deeper into the Word, it struck me that Jesus Christ wants me to rely on Him, trust Him and learn from Him how to carry this yoke. I’ve always focused on the fact that He promises to give me rest in this portion, but today I realized that part of what is stopping me from being able to find rest for my soul is my pride. He bore the yoke of humility and if I look to Him, I can learn to do the same.
I felt the Lord impressing on me that I need to learn to trust what He’s doing and put my own agenda aside. When I take my eyes off of the Lord and focus on myself, I start to labor and become heavy laden. He humbled Himself to the point of death and fulfilled the will of God – that’s why I’m here as well – to fulfill the will of the Father in my life. If I can forget about myself and concentrate on God, I will feel the lightness that comes with trusting a sovereign and good God.
What the Lord reminded me of today is exactly what I needed to be reminded of, He met the need of my heart. When you spend time in the Word, I trust that the Lord will meet the exact need that you need Him to meet. I am so thankful for the access we have to the very heart of God through His precious Word every time we open up the Scriptures!
Let’s sit at His feet today and learn from Him.