I like spending time in God’s Word.
That’s not to say I don’t have questions and doubts, that I don’t get a bit bored through some sections, or that I understand everything.
But I don’t read God’s Word just for me. It’s not a self-help book. Oh, it certainly helps, but’s it’s more about Him than me.
I can open the Bible with the wrong motivation or expectations. But I’ve found there’s an approach – an attitude – that helps me.
I ask God to make His Word a mirror.
I know, that sounds as if it’s about me, but not exactly. Of course, if I’m the one reading, it has something to do with me. But looking into a mirror actually gets me to think beyond myself. It gets me out of my head and out of my way. I ask God to let me see Him and see truth. To reveal what’s real. To wipe the fog away and help me focus on what is most important. To engage with Him and become more like Him.
I’ve taken many approaches to the Bible over the years. I’ve scoured it to find inconsistencies. I’ve studies it to solve mysteries. I’ve skimmed it to satisfy my self-imposed obligations.
I’ve also made friends through it. I’ve been comforted in chaotic moments because of what was going on in and outside of it. I’ve let my pride and insecurities crumble. I’ve admitted I was wrong. I’ve seen brilliant hope pierce darkness. I’ve recognized mistakes and taken steps away from them. I’ve trusted God more even when I didn’t understand. I’ve become more patient and gracious. And I’ve grown.
I’ve grown because God has shown me purpose and possibility. That’s what He does. That’s who He is. That mirror of His works, because it reveals Him, and in the process, it reveals me.