I’m having a GREAT time with a book I just picked up by Eugene Peterson, called “Eat This Book”. You can check it out here.
But in just the first few chapters, I got some GREAT insight that I wanted to pass along. Nothing I didn’t know before, but Peterson puts it better than anyone I’ve encountered.
I don’t know that it’s really so wrong to read the Bible for instruction or illumination or guidance or inspiration or even comfort, but I don’t think that’s how God wants us to approach it. Instead, I think he wants us to look at every single page as the way God communicates about himself, his work in the world, and his plan for mankind. Not just for me, but for everyone. Hopefully, that’s instructive or illuminating or guiding or inspiring, but our purpose should always be seeking God, not answers. And the answers are, I’m finding, more uncomfortable as I get older in the faith. (That’s good, by the way…)
In other words, God isn’t looking to inform us, but to form us. Not just telling us things, but revealing himself. It sounds basic, but how often do we look to the text for answers about life, rather than the direct revelation of God to all of us.
Today is my day off. I’m going to work really hard to do that with my Bible today.
Go be formed… not informed…