Just so you know, there is danger as well as blessing, in reading the Word of God.
Sir Walter Scott points out the problem in this short verse.
Within that awful volume lies the mystery of the mysteries.
Happiest they of human race to whom God has granted grace
To read, to fear, to hope, to pray, to lift the latch and force the way
And better that they’d ne’er been born, who read to doubt, or read to scorn.
So how do we proceed to read the Word of God?
We begin with prayer, that is a conversation with God. Here is an example. Note we can never go wrong if we pray the Word of God.
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. (Psalm 119:1, NIV)
Next, read repeatedly, throughout the book. Start in the New Testament if you like and read the book, not just your favourite verses. The more we read it, the more we learn and remember and live out.
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Joshua 1:8, NIV)
I am not a fan of galloping, trying to read the Bible in a year. That method requires us to read quickly, without thinking about what we read. The goal is to take in what’s in the book, not zoom through it like a test pilot on a flight mission.
Prayer- Lord help us read your story and then pour its truth in our lives. Amen.
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