GUEST BLOGGER, LYNN POLK, who has an important message for all of us.
approach it reverently
Text: Psalm 119:17-40, John 16:13-15, Hebrews 4:12
Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
– Psalm 119:27
Most of us live in a place where we have free access to the Bible. Bibles on your phone, Bibles on your bookshelves, Bibles under the seats in front of you at church on Sunday.
We live in a day and use a language in which the Bible is commonplace.
But we would be wrong to treat it as such.
Scripture is the Holy Word of God.
We must come to it with a spirit of reverence. We must open it with a holy fear, knowing that our very God breathed these words into being. We should be in awe of the care the Holy Spirit has taken to compel the right people, in the right time, and in the right way to capture and preserve just the right things. We should stare in wonder at the way the whole of Scripture points to Jesus, the Word who can save.
First, let’s look at Hebrews 4:12 where we are learn that the word of God is living, sharper than a sword, and able to pierce right to the heart of the matter. There is reason that we handle sharp instruments with care—they have the power to cut through flesh. Scripture has that power, too. It is important to remember that, while the Bible—like a surgeon’s scalpel—is sharp for our good, it is sharp nonetheless. To approach it without reverence would be to vastly misunderstand its very nature.
I love it when Scripture is bold, especially when it comes to the Holy Spirit of God. When I read John 16:13-15 it makes me incredibly excited to open up my Bible. I am thrilled to no end that the Spirit will “take what is God’s and declare it to me.” When I read those words in Scripture, I feel the same awe and reverence I do when I stand beneath the starry sky, or bob in an ocean that stretches as far as I can see.
When we think of the way God knit us together, the way He wove Scripture together, and the way He holds the whole world together—how else can we approach Him and His Word but in the most respectful and awe-full way?
But this reverence should not make us feel as though we can’t approach Scripture with our full selves, heartily hoping to be met there. We can come to Scripture hoping to find everything we need, mouths open and guzzling the truth of God.
Let’s think today on the goodness and bigness of God and the story He’s crafted. Let’s give thanks for the way all of Scripture points to Jesus. Approach God in prayer today about the way you approach His Word. Ask that you’d always be full of awe at the gift we’ve all been given in the Bible. Ask that He will illuminate what He has already inspired.