Understanding Your Bible

The Bible Speaks

Learn to USE Your Bible – Week Seven – Part One 💕

How do you USE your Bible now?

How remarkable that the God of the universe would actually want to communicate with us! We are creatures of a material, physical world which we relate to through our five senses. God is a spiritual being (John 4:24). We in our physical state cannot see him, hear him, or touch him, so how can he communicate with us?

God Speaks to You Through the Bible

Over several centuries, God inspired a select number of people to write down what he felt we needed to know about him and how he expects us to live. Many of their writings have been collected into the book we know today as ‘The Holy Bible’. It is holy because the Bible contains the scared words of Almighty God as dictated by The Holy Spirit.

In a miraculous way, the Bible speaks to each of us. It is alive! (Hebrews 4:12) Its truths apply across generations, across cultures, across all of life’s experiences. It meets each of us, at the point of our need.

The Owner’s Manual

Anyone buying a new electronic gadget (smart phone, tablet, computer, whatever) receives with it an owner’s manual. Most of us read just enough to allow us to get the device up and running, to perform the basic tasks and we let it go at that. But if we want to thoroughly understand our equipment – all that it is capable of – we must read the entire manual. Most people never do this, and so miss out on a lot the features their device has to offer.

When it comes to reading the Bible, a lot of people read just enough to get by and let it go at that. They miss a LOT of what God’s Word has to offer them that way.

Over the past six weeks you’ve been building a new appreciation for the Bible, as your Owner’s Manual. The goal of this series is learning how to USE your Owner’s Manual every day – so you can thoroughly understand all God has to offer you personally.

God told Joshua:

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8 New Living Translation (NLT)

Continually doesn’t mean reading the Bible occasionally—just when you get around to it. The Bible is for daily reading and daily meditation. By taking God’s instructions seriously believers will prosper and succeed in a way that is impossible by any other means.

If you’ve gained nothing else from this series, I pray you have gained a hunger for God’s Word and insight to know that reading the Bible is a delightful experience. As David wrote in Psalm 19:10

They (God’s Words) are more desirable than the finest gold; they are sweeter than the purest honey.

An interesting side note on daily Bible reading: The Proverbs are divided into thirty-one chapters…one chapter for each day of each month.  So, even if you can not take time for an in depth study, you can mediate on a different Proverb verse every day.

Proverbs

Living Bible (TLB)

1 These are the proverbs of King Solomon of Israel, David’s son:

2 He wrote them to teach his people how to live—how to act in every circumstance, 3 for he wanted them to be understanding, just, and fair in everything they did. 4 “I want to make the simpleminded wise!” he said. “I want to warn young men about some problems they will face. 5-6 I want those already wise to become wiser and become leaders by exploring the depths of meaning in these nuggets of truth.”