Do you ever wish God would talk to you? Maybe you should just ask him to. Then listen. When I do that, his answer is often something like this:
“What I have to say to you today I’ve written in my Word. Read it expectantly, believing you will find my message in what you read. Search for it as if you are looking for treasure.”
So what might we find as we read God’s word with anticipation of finding a message just for us, for now?
Wisdom – “. . . from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6
Confidence – “Those who look to him are radiant . . .” – Psalm 34:5a
Direction – “He guides me in paths of righteousness. . .” – Psalm 23:3
Revelation – “The Lord confides in those who fear him.” – Psalm 25:14
God does talk to us, many times in what he highlights as we read the Bible. I find when I approach his book expectantly, I often receive insight, encouragement, and direction meant especially for me at that moment. It can happen for you, too, but requires reading each passage, then prayerfully mulling it over until he reveals what it is he wants us to know. His message is already written. Our job is to search it out!
“Christians don’t simply learn or study or use Scripture; we assimilate it, take it into our lives in such a way that it gets metabolized into acts of love, cups of cold water, missions into all the world, healing and evangelism and justice in Jesus’ name, hands raised in adoration of the Father, feet washed in company with the Son.” – Eugene Peterson