‘And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.’ 1 Thessalonians 2.13
How wonderful that the word of God is at work in us who believe. There is no mention of us necessarily being aware of it or feeling it, yet it is active. How does this happen?
One key way is through reading the Bible. It has been said that it is not so much how we read the Bible, but rather how we let the Bible read us. Reading the Bible is not just about reading the words on the page but letting them touch us. We read a passage to learn more about the nature and character of God and to discover what he says about us, but we also read it to find its specific application for us. A good question to bear in mind is this: ‘How does this passage speak to my current situation?’
If you are going through challenging circumstances, take time to read carefully a passage of the Bible, and keep this question in mind - what is this saying to me today in my situation?
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission