"And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life." John 5:37-40
Why are you opening your bible today? What are you in search of? Is it answers to the "why's" surrounding your circumstances or answers about God's secret will? Maybe you long to be wise or to gain insight? Are your looking to know more about you? Is it joy or peace you seek? Whatever your answer, cast it away! Unless we are opening up God's precious Word to know and love Him more, we miss the mark.
The more I study Scripture, the more I see how it all connects...not just from epistle to epistle, but from the Old Testament to small prophets to gospels to letters. Each book acts as pieces of a puzzle rehearsing the old, old story. All of them are pointing to Jesus in their own way. And as I dive more deeply into Scripture, the more I see just how living and active the Bible is. The Bible isn't about you or me. It's about Jesus.
We don't explore the pages digging for answers, happiness, or wisdom. We search Scripture to find Jesus and to love Him more. In doing so, those other things may be added unto us, but when we make them our goal, we trade in the true treasure for fleeting things. All we seek is found in Him, but let us lay all other things we desire to know or gain at His feet. Let us seek Him through His Word with a pure motive...not to get something from Him, but to get Him—the greatest gift of all.
Father, I praise You for the meta-narrative of Scripture and that our precious Savior can be found on every page. I pray we would long to seek to know You more through Your Word. Help us lay aside any other motive to open it. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Read any passage you'd like, and write out everything you see about God and His character. Not sure what to read? Start with Colossians 1.