Recently, I have been reading the book of
James. Not for any particular reason
except that I like the name James.
“Come near to God, and God will
come near to you. “ James 4:8
For me, I have gone through different stages
of reading the Bible. When I was
younger, there is no doubt, it seemed like a story book, I absolutely
understood that these stories were true, they were about real people, and real
lives, but it still seemed like a story book.
As I grew older, I moved on from the
illustrated Children’s Bibles to other versions. I did read many different versions, managing
to collect somewhere in the region of 17 Bibles. But did it really help? No. I understood how
to get around the Bible, finding specific verses quicker than anyone else in my
group on a Sunday, and I knew the stories and the facts, but I still didn’t
understand the depth and the truth behind the words that I knew so well.
It does not matter whether you have one Bible
or 322, if you don’t understand the life and meaning behind the words, they may
as well sit there and rot. In 2 Timothy
3:16, Paul tells us how ‘All Scripture is God-breathed’ or ‘inspired by
God’. Just as God breathed the world and
all of creation into existence, so He breathed these words, there is life in
the words, meaning and truth.
As I have got a bit older many different
people have taught me about the Bible, showing me the most amazing passages,
and helping me to understand and learn from them. Very recently, I made the decision to read the
Bible more; I chose to start with the book of James. It is a short book, written, in my opinion,
to encourage, rebuke and build up. It
covers many topics in a clear and concise way.
I think that the book of James is a very active book, it says just how to
live out your faith in everyday life.
I would love to quote the whole of the Bible,
unpack each verse in the way that I interpret it, but actually my interpretation
of the Bible, is best for me. It’s good
to share our views and ideas with each other, but that will only work if you go
and get your own views and ideas. As I
start delving deeper into God’s word, I start to have more revelations, and
dreams and desires. His word is truly
alive, many people have said that the Bible is out of date because it was
written 2000 years ago, or so. I cannot
possibly agree with that, I don’t know what Bible these people have been
reading, but the Bible that I love to read is the most alive, current and
beautiful book in all the world. The
Bible allows me to see glimpses of the King of Kings, it allows me to learn
from the things His Son said on earth, and from each one of the many people the
Bible tells us about.
I think that the Bible is just one of the many
ways to connect, and build a relationship with God. But it is a key building block in that relationship;
it gives us a route to draw near to God.
As I start reading my Bible more, and not just reading it but allowing it to change, build, inspire, and set me alight, I pray that I will be a "shining light" (A Girl Talk girl) and that my relationship with God will go deeper into the next level and beyond.