Last year, I got into a routine of reading my Bible every day. In fact, I had a streak of 81 days on the YouVersion Bible app. Pretty much every morning I was getting into Scripture. The habit looked good, but in my heart something felt off. (Not to mention my Bible reading was getting drier and duller.)
Around this time the Holy Spirit began to show me the importance of reading Scripture with His involvement. To help explain what I mean by this, take a look at these two verses.
“Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools,
or you will become as foolish as they are.”
“Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation.”
– Proverbs 26:4, 5 | NLT
Wait? What?! This seems like a contradiction . . . Which one is right?
This is a great example of why it’s so important to read the Word of God with the Holy Spirit’s guidance. He will illuminate to you which one is appropriate in your given circumstance. His revelation for you today might be completely different than the revelation He gives someone else who reads the same verses.
The Bible is infallible. It is perfect and without fault. However, it is also living. It is alive and active—sharper than any two-edged sword. When you read, don’t just look for principles. Principles by themselves can help, but God wants more than you just knowing principles. He wants a relationship with you. Seek out His presence as you read and allow Him to speak to you what He has for you today.
If you’ve found yourself in a place where Scripture reading has just become a chore, I’d encourage you to invite the Holy Spirit into your reading time. It’s as simple as saying before you read, “Holy Spirit, show me what You want to show me in Your Word.”
We’d love to hear from you, so take a moment to leave a comment about when the Holy Spirit revealed something to you that was beyond principles or the obvious meaning of a passage.