My Complacency {www.boldlytanya.com}

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT).

I have another confession for you. (Why does it seem like I tell you all my secrets?) It may come as a shock, and hopefully, you won’t disown me, but here goes nothing:

I take my Bible for granted.

I know.

I shouldn’t.

But I do. Perhaps, it is my fondness of reading and my propensity to surround myself with stacks of books that makes me regard this one volume complacently.

Among those stacks of books, I have at least a dozen Bibles laying around in many different versions, not to mention all the copies belonging to my husband and children. Maybe that’s it. I have too many.

Plus, it is at my disposal; available electronically on all my devices if I happen to be without the hardcopy. It’s never out of arm’s reach.

But I disregard its significance.

I read it. I highlight it. Sometimes, I get fancy and journal in it with special pens and stickers. I carry it with me and turn to it for comfort, guidance, or even to quell boredom. I fulfill my duties and make my Bible look good doing it.

Most of the time though, it is just another book. I don’t treasure it as the literal words of God. I reach for my Bible from habit; from a need to put a check in a box instead of a desire to savor the words of the Lord.

Now that both of my parents are gone, I often wish I had a compilation of everything they wanted me to know ready at my fingertips. I long to remember their wisdom and miss their anecdotes. But their words died with them. Anything not stored in my memory bank is gone.

But that isn’t so with God.

“We do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths” (1 Cor 2:13b).

Using mortal man, our Immortal God revealed every secret He wanted us to know. Through the Holy Spirit, His words are forever rendered for our use. We can touch them, read them, and understand them for ourselves. It is simple, yet profound.

To think God loved us enough to leave a user manual. He didn’t abandon us to chance. He didn’t leave us fumbling around in the dark. He gave us His Word. It teaches us, guides us, prepares us, and equips us.

We speak to God through prayer. He talks to us through His Word.

I want to behold my Bible reverently. Of course, I want to use it, not idolize it, but I want to recognize what a precious and heartrending gift it is. I want to feel the power and magnitude of the Words I am reading, knowing they are given by my Heavenly Father so that I can know Him and His ways.

It is cool if you think I am out to lunch. But, I need to take a moment to revel in that knowledge, so it can sink into my bones and flavor my faith. If you feel me, then also feel free to join me.