I tend to skim directions. All those steps can’t really be that critical can they?
(Suffice it to say, I’m not awesome with details.)
Take recipes for instance: all you need to know to make the dish is spelled out line by line. (Pioneer Woman even gives you pictures!) But my approach is to do a quick glance here and there to make sure I get the main parts down. This wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing if I had ANY cooking savvy whatsoever.
But since I don’t, well…sometimes (most times?) the end product can be somewhat unsuitable for eating. Either that, or burned, as we’ve previously discussed.
It’s like the time I made peanut butter cookies, but forgot to add the flour. They turned out looking like brownish-colored fried eggs on the cookie sheet. Mind you, not all peanut butter cookie recipes call for flour. This one did. I finally concluded that it’s better for everyone if my only step in cookie baking is the one I make down the refrigerator section at Kroger.
There was also an incident with Thai noodles that tasted more like peanut butter spaghetti than Thai food. (I evidently love peanut butter; but don’t be deceived. My cooking failures are not limited to this product.) Let’s just say that any time I set out pasta, my family’s immediate reaction is, “You aren’t making peanut butter spaghetti again, are you?!”
Ungrateful people, they are.
My failure to follow instructions goes beyond a recipe. I skip steps on DIY projects from Pinterest; I skirt the directions given on the backs of iron-on letters; and we won’t even discuss Legos. (Those things are are not my friends.)
Like a recipe, or step-by-step Pinterest projects (or even Lego’s for crying out loud), we might have a tendency to read the Bible superficially (or barely at all).
Then we wonder why this so-called faith of ours doesn’t work for us.
We question why God seems to drop the ball sometimes, and we groan in frustration because Jesus hasn’t shown up yet with that insta-peace Christians are supposed to have.
But seriously. Why would I expect a half-implemented recipe to produce a five star dining experience? (It never has in this house. Just saying.)
I find myself expecting God to push the automatic button and instantly download all I need to know about life. Because that just seems easier.
Or at best, I rely solely on the bite-size pieces of truth I pick up in the Sunday morning sermon. Yet somehow those nuggets don’t always linger long into my week.
To know God – and what he says about us – we need to spend face time in his word. If we are serious about life changing faith, then getting God’s word into our hearts is an essential part of our daily diet. It’s a life or death decision.
And y’all. I’m no biblical academician. I may be a pastor’s daughter, but that only means I had a head start on memorizing verses. (It would have been nice to inherit some holy genes or something, but unfortunately it just doesn’t happen that way.)
The only way we are going to know God better, and get a grip on who we really are in Christ, and understand how we fit into this big world…is to engage with him in his word.
And you don’t have to be a scholar to do that.
Since God is the one who wrote it, and because he knows how to help us understand it, then a seminary degree or a long church attending history is not required for us to read and understand the Bible. The God who spoke through the writers of the Old and New Testaments is the same God who made you; loves you; and who will talk to you through his perfect word.
Your role is to be available. That’s all.
I would love to tell you that there is a secret formula for reading the Bible. Although I compared God’s word to an instruction manual, it doesn’t have rigid step-by-step procedures like a recipe or Pinterest instructions. (Then again, that’s probably a good thing, given my experience.)
Yet, before it can become real to your life, you need to know what it says, and line your life up to it.
Is the Bible changing your daily life? Tell me what you’re thinking…
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