Yesterday I declared to Heather that there is a blog entry sitting in my head. She asked ‘what about?‘, I said ‘I don’t know‘. I sat in front of the computer and began to think and type a little, and then finished this entry this morning. I was trying to think of specific things that God has said to me or taught me recently. The truth is, I wouldn’t say there has been anything so profound that I have been stopped in my tracks, the light bulb above my head hasn’t lit up, and I haven’t declared “THIS IS IT! Time for a awe-inspiring blog entry!“. But we do love it when God speaks to us like that, clear, precise, obvious, challenging, thought-provoking, deep and meaningful, and all wrapped up in a one-liner for us to write as a status update and make some wall art for it, before slipping it into conversations with friends.
But sometimes that doesn’t happen. Sometimes we feel ignored by God. Sometimes one-liners from epic War Films seem to challenge us more than what God is saying. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t other avenues to hear from Him. For many Christians, the term ‘read your Bible’ was over-used in Sunday School and now it is an empty phrase that has no meaning, rarely done and is probably widely considered in the Top Ten of ‘Boring Things To Do With Your Friday Night’.
Please get out of that mentality asap.
Why do we think like this? I know it is not the Bible itself that causes us to think like this, it’s the way we read it. It is so much more than a book. It is life-giving, thought-provoking, pattern-changing, direction-altering. Read it with an open heart, wanting to be challenged, ready to learn, prepared to hear from God. Too many of us want the divine audible voice of God, but aren’t willing to simply pick up and read the divine words of God written down first!
If we are not hearing from God, pick up your Bible and get reading. Think about what you’re reading, pray about what you’re reading. Then listen to what He says.
Go Ben! It is the most exciting, inspiring, comforting, incredibly brilliant book ever written. The fact that it is God communicating with us in His written word just blows me away.No Christian should ever use the word 'bored' when we have this wonderful book to read and inspire & motivate us. Go Ben! :0)