Five years later, what is my relationship with my Bible? It's interesting, because I feel that I have a good grasp of the main structure of Scripture; but at the same time, I feel that I have only begun to nibble at its corners.
I've grasped onto true words, digging my heels into the rock so the storms will not wash me away.
"O my Strength, hasten to help me!"
I've flown high above to gaze across the distant view, observing history as it stretches out like the rolling hills.
Who is Messiah? What covenants has God made with men? Where do I fit in today?
I've studied books, memorized chapters, followed cross-references, asked questions, and discovered quotations.
I've listened to sermons, talked with teachers, tried old and new translations, learned some Hebrew, and read some commentaries.
I've prayed for understanding and I've prayed for faith.
Some books feel like familiar friends.
Habakkuk, sing your song.
Some books feel like strangers.
Haggai, I haven't seen you in years! We need to get together for lunch sometime.
Some books are very long and seem totally beyond my comprehension.
Isaiah, I hear your words but will I ever feel as though I know your words?
Some books are very long, but I keep running into them! :)
*Numbers waves hello*
*I wave back with a smile*
Reading the Bible is definitely not a race to memorize strings of words. It's a journey to meet God and to walk with Him in the company of a great cloud of witnesses (or may I say brothers and sisters?). Reading the Bible is a matter of getting acquainted with God. Whether that's by reading His word, hearing His word, studying His word, memorizing His word, making artwork to remember His word - the point is to hear His voice and to lovingly follow that voice. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." John 10:27
"My heart leaped up when he spoke. I sought him..." Song of Songs 5:6