When I Open My Bible

 
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When I open my brown leatherback Bible, my heart is overcome with gratitude. Can you believe that the contents of this book have been preserved for more than 2,000 years? The words written on every page are, well, more than words on a page, it is the very evidence that God always welcomes us to know Him! And to those who are willing to learn more about Him, every time we open up the book is another opportunity to listen to Him.

When I Open My Bible, God Searches

Have you ever been “caught red-handed” by the Word? I remember being confronted by the Word of God soon after catching up with some of my girl friends. The Word of God confirmed that the conversations I had were more gossip than it was “catching up.” At times, the Word becomes like a mirror to our soul that exposes our innermost thoughts and desires before God (Heb. 4:12). It realigns our hearts so that we have a clear conscience before Him.

The Word also confronts me in times of confusion. When I was caught in the middle of choosing a different career path, God revealed my insecurities and the false gods I depended on. He gently reminded me that while worldly success offers us physical pleasure and pride in our achievements and possessions (1 Jn. 2:16), God allows no competition. He searches our heart and tests our thoughts and leads us with grace (Ps. 139:23-24).

When I Open My Bible, God Strengthens

When we open the Bible, we position ourselves to have a dialogue with God. One of my most cherished conversations with Him happened during a time when I felt that God was silent. I struggled with anxiety and confusion in regards to my calling as a youth pastor and desperately longed to hear His voice. I remember opening up my Bible to read the book of Romans. Upon reading Romans 4:18, God stopped me and led me to claim the verses as if they were written about me, not Abraham. “Sarah never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, her faith grew stronger, and in this, she brought glory to God. Sarah was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises” (Rom. 4:20-21).

As I held onto these verses, God strengthened my heart and gave me faith just as He did to Abraham. I cherish moments like these when God’s Word moves my heart because it makes me fall more in love with Him. His words never fail. He is always speaking and listening. And ironically, in moments when God seems silent, He is closer than ever.

God’s Invitation to Open Our Bibles

We can choose to accept the call to draw near to Him by opening up our Bibles. Whenever I accept this invitation to have a dialogue, not as a duty but as delight, I fall more in love with Him. I see how much He treasures my thoughts and questions as we spend time together. I see that it pleases God to search my heart and strengthen my faith when I accept the invitation to walk with Him.

Do you feel that God is silent in your season? Perhaps He is inviting you to meet Him in the Word of God. Perhaps He desires to store up all of His promises in your heart to release them in due time. His silence does not mean that He’s absent-- He’s inviting us to retune. Have you lost passion in the discipline? Try reading Psalm 119. Read until He speaks. Write a verse or two on a sticky note, and maybe even a song about it. Ask God questions about what you just read. Or maybe listen to the Bible on an app. I recommend “bible.is” for added background music! Whatever you may do, I pray that you would fall more in love with Him as you open up your Bible and read the words that were written especially for you.

 

Sarah Cha (@hisarahcha) is currently pursuing an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Biola University, where she also received a B.A. in Intercultural Studies and Christian Ministry. She also holds a post-baccalaureate certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Chapman University.

 
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