The Bible is a Book not of this world. Despite centuries of virulent opposition, this divinely inspired collection of writings remains the best selling and most loved Book on the planet. God’s fingerprints are smudged across every page, and innumerable eternal secrets are tucked away woven through the text.
So why do even believers find it boring? Why have the majority of good honest church goers never even read their Bible through, not even once?
A big key that unlocked the Bible for my own life came early on in my walk with God. A fellow believer, with a few more years under their salvation belt than me, showed me these words in the book of John:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.The same was in the beginning with God.All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1–4 KJV)
The Word was there before the world began. Moreover, this Word we are privileged to hold in our hand is God. God and His Word are one, and the words on the pages of the Book are just as alive as the mighty hand that wrote them.
As simplistic as it may sound, back there 25 years ago, I decided to take the Book at face value and translated my eager hunger to know God’s Person into an eager passion for His Word. My reasoning was this – if God and His Word are one, getting to know His Word is getting to know God. Knowing God and knowing His Word are so intertwined they cannot be separated.
A man’s word expresses his world. The life on the inside of an individual is translated and transferred to the hearts and minds of others through words.
God has chosen His Word as the means of transference.
Smith Wigglesworth, a notable revivalist, is quoted as saying:
“The Bible is the Word of God: supernatural in origin, eternal in duration, inexpressible in valor, infinite in scope, regenerative in power, infallible in authority, universal in interest, personal in application, inspired in totality. Read it through, write it down, pray it in, work it out, and then pass it on. Truly it is the Word of God. It brings into man the personality of God; it changes the man until he becomes the epistle of God. It transforms his mind, changes his character, takes him on from grace to grace, and gives him an inheritance in the Spirit. God comes in, dwells in, walks in, talks through, and sups with him.” ― Smith Wigglesworth
How magnificent to realize that we have in our hands the means of transformation.
How wonderful to recognize that the breakthrough we seek is right here in the Book.
To partake of the Word is to fellowship personally with its Author.
Come to the Bible with this heart and expectation. No more dry dutiful readings. Instead, lay the Book open before you and see it as a banquet. Meat and drink indeed for the thirsty and hungry soul.
Don’t approach Scripture to furnish your intellect with religion baubles and divine decoration. No, this Word is not intended for external use, it is designed to dive deep into your inner man, spirit to spirit, and transform you from the inside out.
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63 KJV)
Each word is a seed that’s sown, bringing forth supernatural God-fruit in your being. Every sentence and every promise is packed with the concentrated life of heaven.
To consign this awesome opportunity to a half-listened to sermon on a Sunday morning would be foolish indeed!
Just as your daily appetite for food craves daily satisfaction, so your inner man delights in the delicious truths of God’s Word. Maybe your appetite has been honed to desire other things, but discipline in this regard will soon give way to delight if you make a conscious decision to partake of the Truth the Bible delivers each day.
Don’t come with your schoolyard head on thinking the Word of God is complicated or hard to attain or understand. Come with your heart open knowing that your spirit is designed specifically to absorb the life that it carries. This is not a text book, it is a Book of brimming, bubbling, overflowing life!
This, friend, is no ordinary book at all, and the extraordinary results you have sought are baked into its pages, just waiting for you to receive them!