As I open my Bible I do not usually ask God to reveal His nature to me; instead I ask Him to show me how this all applies to ME. I am not looking for all of His spectacular characteristics to worship Him more fully; I am reading and studying how He is all these things...FOR me. This has just recently been highlighted and brought to my attention and I am so saddened by my inability to not have seen this sooner.
I have recently been challenged to go about my Bible reading a bit differently and it has really brightened the lens in which I study through. "Women of the Word," by Jen Wilkin encourages a new way of thinking the next time we open the Bible. Instead of a frame-of-mind of "Who am I? or What should I do?," We are challenged to begin framing our view of the Word as a bold story written about God himself. Doesn't that sound like stating the obvious? But my study habits have not demonstrated my mind-set as such.....again, my study would prove that it's more about me.
This new thought pattern is exciting because I think it has honestly been a very long time since I have read the Word in complete wonder of who God is. For so long, I have read the scriptures and listened intently to teaching with the slant of "how does this change/effect my life/walk?," instead of looking at it as the amazing story of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration that it really is.
I want to be changed by this truth of who He is; this wonder that has gotten moved to the sidelines while I work so hard to be a better Christ follower. He deserves my time and attention. When we truly fall in love with our Creator and Lord, the rest of our lives will fall into place as obedience to who He really is in our lives.
So, this Fall I am asking the Lord to change my filter or my frame-of-mind as I dig into the Word. That I may see Him for who He really is, that I can be in awe of His greatness, that I can worship Him for His grace and mercy, and that my eyes can be solely fixed on the Wonder of His Holiness. I want to stop trying to fix all my stuff and truly begin to know Him deeper and more fully than ever before.
I pray you will join me in looking for Him as we study.