I’d like to suggest a few questions about our time with God as we come to the scripture:
- When is the last time I experienced an emotional response to the scripture--sadness? anger? awe? joy? fear? doubt? confidence? grief? regret? remorse? hope? laughter? love? relief? gratitude?
- When is the last time I experienced a physical sensation during my Bible reading? Has my body ever responded to God’s word?
- When is the last time I was moved to action because of the words on the page before me? Have I ever been moved to call someone, go to someone, or help someone?
- Have I ever come to the scripture asking the Holy Spirit what he hopes to accomplish while I read?
I believe the North American church has come to value intellect over spirit and soul. The result for many believers is a dry and lifeless experience of his great gift--the very words of God spoken, captured, preserved and delivered to us today.
Sweet Holy Spirit, I invite you sit beside me, breathe on me, and guide me through your collected wisdom I hold in my hand. Come, Holy Spirit.