Are You Seeking Him Through Reading?
When we read a verse or chapter in the Scriptures, we should never just pick the Book up and start reading. [Unless you are in a fit of rage, that is a good time to pick the Book up.] By that I mean when you are reading for seeing or seeking, you should do it prayerfully. Why? Well, have you ever lost something? Yes, I know, stupid question. We lose/misplace car keys, check books, even socks all the time. So, as we seek out those items, we might start out rather calmly. That calm can quickly disappear if we are going to be late. Or if we have gone to every known place where we usually put the item. Then the calmness disappears. It turns to stress and frustration, which can escalate to world war proportions. If it is a particularly important item that cannot be replaced, or that is stolen, or can cause us financial ruin we are the ones the other people in the home hide from. Thus, if we do not approach our reading in a prayerful manner then we could get to a stage of frustration. We become the ‘lost sock’. I know I have prayed, when looking for car keys, “Lord, please help me!” It is those times that I wait until I am frantic, that I remember I should have known to say that quick prayer before even starting to look for my keys. So, just like looking for something that is not in its usual spot, when reading the Scriptures ask for guidance before reading.
When reading Scriptures, we need to let the clues the Holy Spirit permits to pop into our brain take root. If we are asking the Spirit to guide us, then things become easier. Let us face the fact that the Scriptures can seem to be contradicting itself. But is it? You could read a verse several times; and each time you read it there will be a different meaning. I call this the ‘ah-ha’ moments. Look at a day of shopping. You are handed your receipt and you think, “wow, I got a lot for such a cheap amount.” Two days later, when you go to enter it into your check book, you look at each item and think, “Man I wasted ‘x’ amount of dollars on something I won’t use again”. Example in reading verses: My daughter was telling me that she came across a verse and it was talking about saving money. The first time she read it, it seemed to her to mean that she should not worry too much about that activity since the Lord will provide her needs. Then she read it again the other day and she received a different hint about it. Let me explain. She is wanting children but feels like she is not financially ready. She said she knew that she will never truly be ready, but after reading that verse again, she felt the Spirit was telling her something to help her. She said she just pondered it and was led to be thankful she was paying off her debt before having a child. She said a little voice said for her to share the verse because she has friends that are ‘popping’ out babies and living on well-fare. She said a peace came over her and she knew just what to do.
I hope you understand what I was conveying above. Each time we read a verse we are to seek out the meaning for that moment in time. We need to stop theorizing about the Scriptures, instead we need to read them to know what the YHWH and Spirit are trying to guide us with. When we read and study, we should always have our eyes toward the future. Use our past to help us learn from our mistakes; but use the Word to guide our seeking.
Now you might read verses and think that those verses have nothing to do with you. If that happens, and I admit it will, then what should you do? Seek an answer in prayer. Also, remember that the reading may be there for your tomorrow. Try looking up key words in the verse and see where that will lead you. Just like in school, when you do not understand something you use a tool, you grabbed a dictionary. Well, if you are reading something and feel like your eyes are skimming the page try this trick. Pick the word that is seven words away and see if you can find it elsewhere in the Book. Doing simple things like — I’m in verse 12 so I will count 12 words away or 12 verses away and look up a word in that area. I personally use the number ‘7’ as my ‘trick’ to find meaning of why I read what I am reading. I do this if I am just opening the Scriptures to a random page.
By doing something as a game/tool/trick to help you, you are allowing the eyes to seek out truths that the YHWH wishes you to see. You are also keeping your eyes focused on the Word and not on being frustrated in not finding any reason for you to be reading that random verse. Therefore, just like a lost check book, don’t freak out because you can’t place its location, do something to keep you from shutting His book. Isn’t that what the evil one wants you to do?
Ⅱ Peter 3
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
I have literally seen people huff at the verse they are reading. Why? Because the evil one has more control then the Spirit in that person? That person may not have approached the reading in a seeking mentality, or is angry about having to seek an answer, or sadly even upset because they did not like what they read. It was not pleasing to read; it may have hit a ‘sore spot’ with chastisements and truths. When we read, we are to expect the Father to chastise us, to offer us comfort, and to feed our soul. But we can never have those things if we never pick the Book up and open it.
9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD :
10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us,
12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:
13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
My prayer is that we seek understanding and a path with the WORD. That we are given the utmost desire to seek with reading. That we are given learning to encourage and comfort us in our trials. Chastise us until we have a lust for the WORD.