Our God Still Speaks
If we're honest, almost every Christian will admit that sometimes when we sit down to read our Bible, we find it a little bit boring. Or else it doesn't seem to connect—it can feel like it doesn't relate to our own lives.
The same God you see speaking and acting in the pages of Scripture is the God who wants to work in your life today.
For anyone in that situation, I want to say that the same God you see speaking and acting in the pages of Scripture is the God who wants to work in your life today.
Two Ways to See with Fresh Eyes
As we read the Bible, we can focus our energies on what God is like, what he's doing, and how he is the same God now he was then. And as we look at the different people talked about in Scripture, we can recognize that though they lived in a different time and faced different challenges, like us they were fallen sinful human beings with tendencies toward sin and temptation.
We can connect with that.
Once we start to have that kind of framework—looking at the fallen condition revealed in the Bible and how that exposes the tendencies in our own lives—we can pinpoint what we need to confess and turn away from.
And then we ask, what is God like? He's still that way today. How can I see him at work in my own life in those same kinds of ways?
Understanding these simple realities can help us get past some of the distance, potential boredom, and sense of disconnect from the time, place, and reality of Scripture. It's the same God, and we have those same sinful, human, heart-level, idolatry temptations in our own lives.
When we make those connections, any passage can really come alive for us, getting us past some of that initial boredom.
A lot of people think that the reason they are to study the Bible is so that they can know the Bible well. But when we study the Bible, we always should be coming to an increasing knowledge of God not just the Bible.
Sometimes we make studying the Bible more complicated than it has to be. In reality, it's actually just a matter of asking the right questions that point us in the right direction as we seek to relate to God through his Word.
Justin Taylor sits down with Matt Harmon to discuss his new book about asking the right questions when reading the Bible.