Good morning, DearHeart.
There are parts of the bible that are such a mystery. Parts of it seems bizarre to me. But, what I’ve discovered is that the head-scratching parts of the Bible are not the ones that give me trouble. It’s the parts that I DO understand with crystal clarity – the simplest things, like … how can He love someone like me? Yet, He has extravagant love for me … he walks with me … His presence is in me … and He shows me the meaning of ‘unconditional’. His Word always operates, always works.
The Holy book is God’s tool. It is His Word. It is my guide. It brings His Voice into my hours.
At some point I got over the notion that it was untouchable –
I mark mine up,
make notes in the margins,
throw it in the car seat and take it with me,
bend pages every which way.
And then, I get a new one to start the process all over again.
When we see God’s Word for something more than just a flower press or a place to keep clippings of obituaries, He comes alive in us.
IN us … thoughts and actions and words.
By example, my dad taught me that bibles are to be worn out. When my brothers and I were growing up, Dad had one held together with duct tape. That’s my goal, too … to wear out my bibles.
“The revelation of GOD is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of GOD are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of GOD are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of GOD are plain and easy on the eyes. GOD ’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of GOD are accurate down to the nth degree.
God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries.”
Psalm 19:7-10 MSG
Get your bible.
Wear it out.