Do you ever feel like a verse was made for you? I mean really made for you, as in it jumps off the page and hits you right in the heart. You know those passages of Scripture that when you read them, it feels almost like God is talking directly to you through them. News flash: he is talking to you through them! We all hear God in different ways; maybe it’s an audible voice, or through dreams and visions, perhaps through worship, or through prayer; the point is that there are limitless ways that God choices to reveal himself to us. One of the ways that I’ve felt God speaking to me is through his Word, maybe you’ve felt the same way before.
The Bible itself tells us that it’s not supposed to be read as a musty old textbook, or a book of fairy tales. It’s the word of God breathed into life, and it’s alive and active in and around us.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
The reason why some stories or verses or books feel like an arrow straight into our spirit is that God longs to connect with us on a heart level. Not just on a superficial or head knowledge level, He wants to get right to the very core of who we are. To connect with our souls, and the life and breathe that is inside of us. The reason why the Bible feels like it’s saying the things that our hearts long to hear, it because it is! It’s God’s love poured out for us on those pages, and it’s how we can connect our heart with his.
When we open our hearts up to the Lord and enter into our time with him with a willing spirit, we leave room for His Spirit to move. To open our eyes to the Word of God is to open our hearts to the lover of our souls. I know that there are parts of the Bible that seem irrelevant in our modern world; I mean how does the whole Levitical law apply to our 2018 lives? But the truth is, that even in those passages, books, and stories that seem to be entirely separate from our lives today God is trying to speak to us. He’s knocking on the doors of our hearts and minds, pouring out his love for us each and every day. The question is, will we open our hearts long enough not just to hear what he has to say, but to let him in?
I have found God speaking to me time and again in some of the strangest places, and through some of the most overlooked passages. But I’ve also found him in the most well-known of places, in the stories and verses that we know by heart so well that we don’t even read them anymore. I’ve found him in the first three chapters of Genesis, in both letters to Timothy, and right in the middle of the minor prophets of the Old Testament. And when I feel lost and disconnected, these are the places I turn to first.
God speaks through every single word that is written in the Bible. All we need to do is open our eyes and invite him to reveal what he’s been trying to tell us all along. To reveal what he has been placing on our hearts from the very beginning, but we were too blind and numb to notice it. Let God speak to your hearts dear friends, and let the revelation of your heart verses (and passages, and books) fuel you as you follow his leading.