This is why I don’t read my Bible:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 3:16
And this is why I do:
“God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 3:17
Satan (and our slavery-prone selves) want you to be feel alone, ashamed and unworthy of being loved by God. The Bible wants to tell you the story of why you are unworthy of being loved by God, and how he relentlessly and unconditionally loves you anyway, and gave himself up to rescue you.
But it’s not a pretty story. It’s sad and weird and complicated and written a really long time ago. There are gray areas, and stories we don’t like and things we don’t have answers to. It teaches us and corrects us, and what sort of broken down person feels up for that?
There are also parts of the Bible that roll over my soul like a salve, relieving my pain and ache. Stories that make my heart leap. Verses that create a lump in my throat. My relationship with my Bible is the most complicated one I have. The author of Hebrews says it best:
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12
What’s your relationship with Scripture?
Do you allow it to correct you?
Do you allow it to encourage you?
Oh, this letter is sometimes so hard for me to read. Tired, old Paul writing his good byes to his protege and asking for his coat before winter arrives? I can hardly take it!
Tomorrow we are reading the book of Titus.