It’s interesting to me how much things have changed in my life this year. And how different I view the Bible.
The other day I bought a new Bible, and it’s sort of like a journaling Bible. Every page on the right is blank for journaling. And I decided that I just wanted to read the Bible straight through for what it really is-a complete letter of LOVE straight from the Lord.
So many times we get caught up in what we HAVE to do. “Crap I didn’t spend time with God today. I didn’t read the Bible. I didn’t pray as much as I should. I’m not doing as much as I should.” We look at the Bible and prayer and service as something we have to do to please the Lord. We think we have to be obedient and we only end up pursuing a list of things that are DRY and UNSATISFYING and LOVELESS. There’s nothing there. We do everything we can. We do everything “right” that we can. But we feel incomplete and unfulfilled.
The Lord is only interested in your obedience if it comes out of a straight IN LOVE relationship with Him.
Let me say that again.
THE LOR IS ONLY INTERESTED IN YOUR OBEDIENCE IF IT COMES OUT OF A STRAIGHT IN LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.
The Bible is so much more than we even know or think it is. We think it’s something we need. We think it’s something we have to DO to be close to God. We think it’s something we have to DO to be a “good” Christian. But we are missing the point. While the Bible IS something we need and something that brings us closer to God, those ARENT the most important reasons why God wants us to read the Bible. God is so RADICALLY AND INTENSELY IN LOVE with each of us that He orchestrated writing a book full of THOUSANDS of pages through ordinary people that EXPRESS His love for each of us. The Bible has multiple stories in them, and so many times we focus on how the PEOPLE in the stories were. The faith they had. The actions they took. The things they said. But those stories were written to MOST IMPORTANTLY show the love that God had for each of those people because that is how He STILL loves us today!
So many times we focus on the ten commandments and the things we should be doing or not be doing when the most important reason the ten commandments were even spoken by the Lord was to SHOW HIS VERY NATURE AND VERY HEART. The commandments were given to show us that God is NOT like those things. His heart is NOT like those things. And that He knows what’s best for us and how He made OUR hearts too.
The whole message of the Bible is to show God’s heart and love towards His people and to show His very nature, character, and Kingdom.
The book of Hosea is about how the Lord tells a man to take a prostitute as his wife. And though the prostitute keeps leaving him and going to other men, the man always takes her back as his wife. This book was written to show God’s VERY HEART TOWARDS US! No matter how many people or things we run to and leave God for, He always wants to take us back. So much that He pursues us and ASKS us to come back to Him.
Things are so different for me now. The way my heart and eyes have been opened to God’s heart for me has transformed my life. I can’t look at the Bible and just see rules and stories anymore. It’s my Lovers heart : ) The Lover of my soul that I long for above anybody else.
I challenge you to read the Bible for what it REALLY IS: TRUTH AND LOVE. : )
I love you guys,