I love getting a new version of the Bible. There is something holy and fresh to me about holding a brand new Bible. Opening the cover for the first time, and taking a peek at the insides.
As a book lover and word crafter, I can appreciate a pretty cover, fantastic graphics or eye catching images. Yet if I never open the book, I will miss the point.
If you don’t move past the cover, you miss the meat of the words inside which you are meant to meet. To read. To chew on. To ponder. To be challenged, entertained by.
Without reading the words inside the covers, a book becomes just an ornament on a shelf.
Which isn’t the point of a book.
Nor the point of the Bible.
The Bible, or the Word as I prefer to refer to it as, is designed to help us along our journey.
It not only instructs us, but gives us insight into situations we might experience, and the God we hope to encounter we meet inside.
If you remain a cover lover, the Word will not come alive for you. For the Holy Spirit speaks to us as we read it, whispers the words He has for us in the moment, and reminds us that the Word is an invitation for a fresh encounter with the Living Word, Jesus.
The Bible is meant to be read, digested, interacted with. We are to allow it to shape our mindsets, fix our values, guide our emotions and be a foundation we can turn to in the hard times.
The Word reminds us…
- We are not alone.
- God is with us.
- God is for us.
- God is in us.
- God lives through us.
- God knows us.
- God guides us.
- We are loved.
Crack open the cover of your Bible, and allow His words to seep into you. Ponder the mysteries. Savor the love. Delight in the truth. Align your path to the one He has for you.
Move beyond the covers into the best part of the Word, for He is just waiting you there!