Let me preface this by saying, I am not providing direction for study of scripture, rather, I am asking if we are allowing the word of God to come into our hearts and lead us in the direction that God wants us to follow.
Recently someone said to me:
“we have a tendency to bend the bible to fit our views and beliefs, rather than allowing the bible to mold us into the people God wants us to be.”
I must admit it took me a moment or two to grasp what I was being told. Am I allowing the bible to mold me into what God wants me to be, or what God has called me to be?
Without giving this a direct answer, as I honestly believe the answer to this question is one that must be answered on an individual level, rather than corporately.
While I reflected on this, for some time mind you, the story of the road to Emmaus came to mind. Especially in the last portion of this gospel, “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:13-35)
Were our hearts not burning? What does this mean to you? What should it mean to you? I can only answer what it says to me, and that is, the truth of scripture the truth of the Gospels must speak to us, they must teach us, and they must lead us to follow the road that Christ has paved for us.
Are we willing to allow God’s word to burn in our hearts? Or are we only going to read the words and not allow them to speak to us?