What attitude should we have when coming before God’s word, when we are reading and seeking understanding of the Bible?
The Bible does not belong to the earth, and it is not the thoughts of men. It is the only book ever written that can honestly claim to be all God-breathed
(2 Tim 3:16). We are only able to understand it when God, who gave us the word, teaches us, until then we cannot fathom the depth of God’s will through our own interpretations and physical experiences.
We should come before the scriptures with the same attitude we would have if we were face-to-face with God. Reading God’s word is the same as hearing God’s voice and what He is saying to us, it is the same as looking at God. If we do not have this mind-set, the scriptures are of no value to us.
We have to approach with word with fear and trembling in order to meet the God who wrote Himself into the scriptures.
Today we can sit comfortably, with as many Bibles and translations as we please, but only because of the prophets, Jesus and the apostles, who gave their lives to pass it down through the generations. How did the martyrs feel as they shed their blood for the sake of God’s word? How did God feel as he watched the heartbreaking death of the martyrs?
We have to understand the heart of God, His will and how to fulfill His purpose. Have you ever wondered why we are the ones who sit in this amazingly blessed position that we are in today. We are not called to die, being martyrs, but rather to be “living martyrs”, offering ourselves as living sacrifices to God, so that we can know and carry out God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will (Rom 12:1-2).
Have you ever had your heart broken? Do you think we can ever relate to the heartbreak God has experienced while watching His chosen people betraying Him throughout the history of the Bible?