Happy Friyay!!! So this is definitely a Friday freebie. Some of you may have already seen this as it was originally posted on fb by my church fam, but if you haven’t… it’s a pretty good read that I wrote in January, but bc I was fasting from social media (amongst other things) I never posted. Pray you enjoy and have a great weekend. Remember that YOU. ARE. LOVED! K byyyeeeeeee!
“I don’t read the bible because I don’t get it. It’s too hard to understand.”
I hear that often when talking to young believers, and I’m almost certain at one time those words were also floating on the edge of my consciousness begging for an opportunity to come out so someone could help me. I began Google(ing) scriptures, I eventually downloaded an app. I wanted to jot notes, so I ordered a journaling bible making myself believe that if I had one, I’d read it more without being distracted by my notifications going off. It worked for a while, because it was new, and pretty, and I could color the pages not only with markers but with my words. Yet the thing about reading the bible is, if your heart isn’t in it and you aren’t open to understanding, then that desire probably won’t last long.
I (initially) had trouble connecting to the old testament, until I figured out what worked for me. What resonated with the person I am. For me, that was the extent of my imagination. Being able to visualize what I was reading and playing it back in my mind using real world (real time) examples. I imagine walking down the street with a close friend and being separated by chariot and horses of fire. Then watching my friend being taken up in a whirlwind. [2 Kings 2:11] Wait. What? Let me read that again. Trying to identify with how Elisha felt, yet delighted in the strategic magnificence of God…
I remember during a conversation a few years ago someone telling me about how God gave them melodies to scriptures. Where I read words, they heard lyrics and for a season my prayer was that. Not that I’d too hear lyrics but that I’d be able to understand (even more so) in my own way. Enter here my new found love of Psalms. As a lover of poetry, it was shocking to me that I didn’t understand the beauty of Psalms, of Job, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, or Songs of Songs as a collection of wisdom and lyrical writing and worship and philosophical reflection. Yet now that I do, taking that wonder and applying it to other areas of the bible, learning the historical values of the text, diving into the background comes a little easier.
So to those asking where do I start? I can’t answer that for you, but I can suggest that you begin where you find yourself most, where you identify yourself the clearest and allow God’s word to guide you from there.
The bible is big, and vast, and neverending in revelation.
In this time of fasting and prayer and communion with God I pray that God reveals more of Himself to you through the reading and understanding of His word.
Trusting that by leaning on God for understanding, by faith, He will reveal His words to you in a manner that you understand. Amen. I’ll leave you with this…
Proverbs 2:1-6 CSB.
My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 listening closely to wisdom
and directing your heart to understanding;
3 furthermore, if you call out to insight
and lift your voice to understanding,
4 if you seek it like silver
and search for it like hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and discover the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (Komplex Simplicity)