Christians claim that scripture is in fact “God breathed,” “flawless,” and “the word of God… living and active.”
AMEN. So when we’re reading scripture, we’re automatically hearing God’s voice. Right?
Get your head around this passage, right from the mouth of Jesus Christ himself, spoken to the religious, conservative Jews of his day—many of whom would have had enormous portions of the Torah (Genesis thru Deuteronomy) memorized:
“You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you…” (John 5:37,38).
Harsh. But just in case you missed Christ’s point, it’s entirely possible to immerse yourself in scripture as a way of life and not hear God speaking through it. It’s possible to memorize scripture without letting it dwell within us. To hide it in your head without hiding it in your heart.
Let me guess, you had to go back and re-read that. Good for you. Let me say this: The first key to an exciting Bible is hearing God speak through it. If the Bible isn’t exciting to you, then you’re probably not hearing him when you study it. Which is tragic, cause that’s kinda the point.
If you want to learn more about hearing God through scripture (or just in general, visit my website, www.presencevoicetouch.com, and click on “How to Hear the Voice of God.” I’ve written a FREE 3 part article that includes an amazingly simple and practical approach to Bible Study that will help you hear God for yourself when you read the Bible.
Great article…often overlooked subject. I am heading off now to the three part article.