Truth Tuesday – Opening The Bible To Let It Speak Of God

by Kathy

 

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Do you have a verse that you often think about?  Mine is Psalm 46:10. “Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations.  I will be exalted in the earth.”

Lately, the words “know that I am God” keep coming to my mind, particularly during my devotional time, and I feel God is asking me to first read scripture through the lens of seeking to know all that He is.  You see, God has been showing me that I have fallen into a habit of reading His Word mainly for wisdom in handling my life’s circumstances .  Don’t get me wrong, this is surely one of the blessings of reading God’s Word.  However, it seems to me that when our main focus during our Bible reading is for a roadmap in life, our time ingesting God’s Word becomes mainly self focused.

Take a moment to consider the story of Moses when he encountered God in the burning bush.  God commanded Moses to go and bring the Israelites out from Pharaoh’s bondage.  Moses self consciously replies, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11).  God responds by making himself the subject of the narrative – “But I will be with you”. 

Moses continues with asking, “What should I do?”  Instead of telling Moses what to do, God tells him what HE has done, is doing, and will do.  Here’s how God responded:

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”  And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’.  God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you’.  This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.  Go assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – appeared to me and said:  I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt.  And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites – a land flowing with milk and honey.  The elders of Israel will listen to you.  Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us.  Let us take a three day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.’  But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him.  So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians withal the wonders that I will perform among them.  After that he will let you go.  And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.  Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters.  And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”  – Exodus 3:14-22

Do you notice how God answers Moses questions by completely removing Moses from the subject of the discussion and inserts himself – the “I AM”, The LORD” “I will”, etc!?

Honestly, I am a lot like Moses and you might be too.  I often ask God to tell me what I should do in hopes that my insecurities, fears and doubts will be banished. But as I sit still and get to know God, here is the truth that He is teaching me:  My fears, insecurities and doubts don’t just disappear when I know what to do, they are only banished by the knowledge of the I AM!

This truth is leading me to read and study the Bible with my eye trained to look for words where God declares who He is, before I look for direction or seek to understand my circumstances.  As I do this, my heart is drawn to be conformed to the image of the One I behold.   The more I behold him, the more I see my sinfulness and the need for repentance.  The more I see His faithfulness, the more I trust Him.  Seeing who He is shows me who I am, which makes me want to run with more passion straight into His presence, loving Him more and more each day.

So as I open my Bible to read His words, before I ask Him to give me wisdom for a concern I am experiencing,  I am first asking God to show me – “What does this passage teach about You?”  I have even started to highlight words in my Bible that describe God with a purple (the color of royalty) pencil.

Next week on Truth Tuesday, I will be sharing questions I ask myself when I am reading scripture that help me apply it to my every day living.

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