Why Do We Read The Bible?

open BibleHere’s the question: Do we read the Bible to get help and hope for ourselves; or do we read the Bible to discover who God is?

My blogging friend, Karen Woodall, wrote a post this week while reading Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds, by Jan Wilkin. The gist of her post, and the book, challenges us to change the way we read Scripture.

“The author,” Karen writes in her post, “reminds us that when we approach scripture looking for what a passage says ‘to me,’ we subconsciously switch our focus from the Bible being God-centered to it being primarily about us.”

As I read Karen’s post, I started thinking about how and why I read God’s Word. I had to admit that many times I read the Bible to learn ways to help me through trials or to teach me how to live a more abundant life. While there’s nothing wrong with that, I seldom read the Bible solely to learn more about who God is.

So, thanks to Karen’s post, I’m asking God to show me how to start reading His word to learn who He is. It’s His word. He wrote it. It’s His story. It’s who He is.

To read Karen Woodall’s thought-provoking post, Commissioned Authority, click here.

About Steve Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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