Here’s the question: Do we read the Bible to get help and hope for ourselves; or do we read the Bible to discover who God is?
My blogging friend, Karen Woodall, wrote a post this week while reading Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds, by Jan Wilkin. The gist of her post, and the book, challenges us to change the way we read Scripture.
“The author,” Karen writes in her post, “reminds us that when we approach scripture looking for what a passage says ‘to me,’ we subconsciously switch our focus from the Bible being God-centered to it being primarily about us.”
As I read Karen’s post, I started thinking about how and why I read God’s Word. I had to admit that many times I read the Bible to learn ways to help me through trials or to teach me how to live a more abundant life. While there’s nothing wrong with that, I seldom read the Bible solely to learn more about who God is.
So, thanks to Karen’s post, I’m asking God to show me how to start reading His word to learn who He is. It’s His word. He wrote it. It’s His story. It’s who He is.
To read Karen Woodall’s thought-provoking post, Commissioned Authority, click here.
3 thoughts on “Why Do We Read The Bible?”
I read the Bible to understand more about the history of the past followers, to try to learn from their directions. To come to a better understanding about my God and to try to understand more about the directions that He left in His Word.
Thanks so much for sharing. Good motivation to read God’s word.