The Psalmist reminded me this morning that it takes more than an open mind or intellectual aptitude to “see” the wonderful lessons contained in God’s Word. I can approach the Bible like a novel and appreciate the stories written so long ago. I can approach the Bible like a history book and learn from the historical accounts of peoples and nations who lived in times past. I can even approach the Bible like one of Aesop’s fables and learn great moral lessons from the acts of the valiant and heroic as well as the foibles and flaws of those men and women the Bible describes.
There is another way to approach the Bible, the way of the Psalmist who asks God to “Open his eyes so that he may see…” (Psalm 119:18) or “Let me understand the teaching of your precepts…” (Psalm 119:27) or “Give me understanding…” (Psalm 119:34) This is the approach of humility on behalf of the one who seeks revelation from God. For those who choose this approach there is the understanding that the Bible is more than ink on paper or a collection of stories. The writer of Hebrews says it best, 12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NIV) By approaching God, through His Word, in humility, God is able to use His Word to reveal to me what He desires for my life. If God doesn’t open His Word to me then there is no way for me to be open to His Word and His Will.
My prayer this morning, Lord, is that You will open my eyes so that I might see the wonderful things in Your Word which You desire to teach me.