Read­ing the Bi­ble as God’s love let­ter

The Covington News - - RELIGION - Rev. Jan McCoy is the as­so­ciate pas­tor of Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church in down­town Cov­ing­ton. She may be reached at jan.mccoy@ngumc.net.

Your word is a lamp be­fore my feet and a light for my jour­ney. — Psalm 119:105 (Com­mon English Bi­ble)

Have you ever thought you would love to read the Bi­ble, but you just don’t know where to start?

Bi­ble study can be baf­fling, even to the most se­ri­ous stu­dent.

Here is a prac­ti­cal way to make your Bi­ble study time more ef­fec­tive and help you grow in your de­vo­tion to God’s Word and to the Lord Je­sus Christ.

When we study the Bi­ble, some­times we ap­proach this book as a trea­sure chest that we just can­not seem to open.

Some peo­ple look at the Bi­ble as a mys­ti­cal book that holds all the an­swers to life, but in a lan­guage that hu­mans can’t un­der­stand.

Some peo­ple read it as if it were just an­other piece of lit­er­a­ture.

I would like to en­cour­age you to think of the Bi­ble as God’s love let­ter to us.

The Bi­ble con­tains lots of his­tor­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, lots of “lessons learned” by peo­ple through­out his­tory, and many valu­able in­sights into our own lives.

This unique work of lit­er­a­ture is more than just a clas­sic to be taken up and read for its beauty.

It is called the Liv­ing Word for the one qual­ity that it has that no other book in his­tory has ever pos­sessed.

The very words of this book were writ­ten by those in­spired by God to tell God’s mes­sage of love to the world.

As we ap­proach the Bi­ble, let us do so humbly, not trust­ing in our own in­tel­lect to un­der­stand all that it has to say, but trust­ing in the Spirit of God to teach us what God would have us learn as we grow into the like­ness of Je­sus Christ.

The first step in any type of Bi­ble study should al­ways be to PRAY. Pray­ing is mak­ing our­selves avail­able for God’s Spirit to com­mu­ni­cate with us.

It’s like un­lock­ing the door and invit­ing God in to talk with us.

That should al­ways be our at­ti­tude as we ap­proach the most pow­er­ful, life-chang­ing book in the world—The Holy Bi­ble.

Ap­proach God’s Word with hu­mil­ity and in an at­ti­tude of prayer, and watch as God opens this trea­sure to you.

So don’t just sit there. Get started mak­ing new habits to­day.

Won’t you pick up your Bi­ble, God’s love let­ter to you, to­day?

JAN McCOY COLUM­NIST

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