How we approach the Bible matters. Trevin Wax noted that if we go to the Bible looking for God, we’ll find Him, and application will follow. But if we go to the Bible merely looking for application, we may miss both God and the application He intends for us.
There’s a danger in merely searching for “How does this apply to me and my life?” That’s because it is a self-centered approach. The Bible is about God. He has given His Word to us to reveal who He is. God wants us to know Him! When we read, for example, the Old Testament books of the Law, we get an idea of God’s character. He calls His people to be pure and holy because He is pure and holy, and we are supposed to reflect Him in this world. As we read Matthew chapters 24 & 25, we saw that we need to be prepared for Jesus’ return. But if we only read those chapters looking for that application, we would miss the truth that Jesus is faithful to do what He has promised, which allows us to trust that He will return in God’s timing. Do you notice the difference?
If you have never read the Bible before, we want to help you do that. Our weekly Coffee & Scripture time is an excellent place to start. Come join us on Wednesday! And if you don’t have a Bible, we are happy to give you one.