Job 33:14 (erv)
Most people read the Bible and then try to make sense of what they’re reading; an obvious and necessary process. But what if, sometimes, we took what we were feeling, experiencing, or going through, and then brought it to God through His Word. I’ve said some version of the phrase, “God doesn’t respond to me!” or “I can never hear God” about a bazillion times. But His Word is filled with responses to our questions, problems, concerns, and struggles. The Bible is God’s way of saying, “I know”, and “Me too”.
Here’s another way to look at it: Let’s say you’re sick. You go to the doctor and present your symptoms – aren’t you relieved when the doctor says that he’s seen this before and it’s easy to treat with a round of antibiotics? Wouldn’t you be uncomfortable and filled with doubt if he told you he’d never seen anything like it?
One of the biggest challenges my generation faces is that we feel things, experience things, and we don’t know what to do with them. So instead of naming those feelings and calling them out, we bury them and pretend they don’t exist. We don’t look at and acknowledge our feelings as symptoms, so we never bring them to God in the first place.
What if there’s an easier way? What if we make decide that it’s time to stop burying how we feel? And once we commit to doing that, what if start using the Bible as our “medical dictionary”? When we present our “symptoms” to God, it’s a guarantee that He’s seen this situation or circumstance before, and He’ll reassure of that through His Word.
Reading the Bible and allowing God to speak to you through it is wonderful. But it’s also okay to search the Bible and allow God to respond to you through it!
What “symptoms” do you have on your heart that you want to present to God today?
Share the symptoms you wrote about in your journal today with God, and ask Him to reveal His responses to you in His Word.