I love books. I love reading. I love writing. I love words.
I always have.
I’m fascinated by the different meanings that words can have, the different ways that people interpret words and verses. I love to compare and contrast different verses and writing styles. I love dialogue. I love poetry. I love mystery and suspense. I love romance and adventure. I love a perfect happy ending.
The Bible contains everything that I love about books and stories. Because of that I can sometimes get caught up in the fact that it’s a book.
I often have to remind myself that the Bible is not merely a book. It is the living, breathing, Word of God.
It is meant to be enjoyed; and it is also meant to be studied. But I’m not studying a book, I’m studying a person. My Father, my Savior, my Best Friend. When I dig deeper into the meaning of a verse or word, it isn’t so that I feel smarter, it’s so that I know just a little more about this amazing God that I get to call Abba.
Maybe you’ve just started studying Scripture, or maybe you haven’t started because you don’t even know where to begin. My best advice is to stop thinking of the Bible as a thick, confusing, ancient, history book, and start thinking of it as an Autobiography by the One Who created everything in existence.
As you read and study Scripture, remember that it isn’t merely some dusty old text book full of ancient facts, it is living and interactive (Heb. 4:12).
A text book will make you feel smarter; the Bible will make you feel loved. A self-help book will make you feel accomplished; the Bible makes you feel peaceful and free. A motivational book will make you feel empowered to do it all on your own; the Bible will make you see that you never have to do anything alone. A novel might be completely made up to make you feel like happily ever after exists; the Bible is filled with nothing but the Truth about the Savior Who died so that you can live in peace and joy for eternity.
As you study Scripture, whether it is your first or five-thousandth time, I hope you approach it with a fresh fervor and excitement. Don’t merely read the words, let them lead you into a loving relationship with The Word. ♡
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