Read With Open Eyes and an Open Heart

I don’t know about you but in all honesty I struggle to set aside time to be in God’s Word.  When I pick up my Bible, I know there is so much great stuff but I don’t know where to begin, or how to analyze it and apply it to my life on my own.  This other blogger that I stumbled upon has summed up thoughts on this very well and provided a much needed perspective.

Sometimes Bible stories captivate me, but many more times, this has not been the case. When it comes to this bi-polar relationship I have with scripture reading, I think that I’m onto something… The times when the Bible captivates me are the times when I’m willing to see my own heart in the story, instead of manipulating the temporal or cultural contexts to serve as barricades for me to hide behind, because I rather just put in my time than invest beyond a story’s surface. It’s alright to read it as a story, because it is a story, but it is so much more. Within every page of the narrative there is a mirror and it requires that you look for yourself and see where you are in relation to God. If you refuse to do this (which I think we all subconsciously do in our pride) you will catch yourself accusing the text as “boring” or “irrelevant.” After all, isn’t that the product of pride–to distance and disassociate yourself? Scripture reading is not something you owe God, so approaching it as spiritual homework will naturally cultivate a burdened attitude of resistance and dread. Rather, it is a way for God to address broad themes in your life, as well as the most hidden places in your heart. It’s all communicating our utter neediness of the One willingly and repeatedly offering Himself to us. This truth is the furthest thing from boring or irrelevant. My epiphany is this: It’s through these stories that we’re asked to acknowledge who and where we are, and it is only then that we’re able to accept the truth of who God is and the implications of that in our lives. The main purpose for reading scripture is not that you’d do it, but that you’d repeatedly peer into the ever-expanding, vastly fulfilling relation between you and God.”