Do you ever get excited about what you read in the Bible?
I sure do.
Why you ask?
Because it’s the living Word of God and He speaks to us through every single page of it.
I want to hear God speaking to me. I want to feel His Presence through the Word. I want to soak in every page because it is “God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16
The small group that I am a member of at church began listening to a sermon series by Louie Giglio of Passion City Church. In one of his sermons, he challenged us to read the book of Proverbs for 31 days; one chapter a day for a month. We decided to accept that challenge and began reading. It was an amazing month of learning so much and hearing the Lord speak to me.
After the challenge ended, I decided to keep going and read the next book, which is Ecclesiastes. After I finished that, I looked at the next book and it was Song of Solomon. The morning I was to start it, I sat there and said to God:
“Really, God? I have no desire to read Song of Solomon. It’s a bunch of love poems that Solomon wrote and I really don’t like those. Can’t I just skip over this book and go to Isaiah? I don’t think there is anything you can say to me in the book of Song of Solomon. There is nothing to learn from this book, either. Now, Isaiah, though, is full of things and I’m sure you’ll speak to me in it.”
However, I kept feeling like I needed to read Song of Solomon. So, I pushed through my lack of desire for this book and began to read. But, before I even started reading it, I prayed and ask God to help me hear Him speaking to me. As I began chapter 2, I read something and stopped because I knew it was what God wanted me to hear.
In Song of Solomon 2:1 it says:
Lily of the valleys. There it was. Exactly what God wanted me to hear.
Now, you may be wondering why in the world would I get excited about “lily of the valleys.” I wondered the same thing myself, but the first thing I did was sing part of song we sing at Camp Glisson: “He’s my lily of valley, my bright and morning star…”
My curiousity got me and I decided to look up what exactly the significance of the lily of the valley was. I found out the following:
- A lily is a sign of humility (it droops which shows humility). Christ was the most humble person in sacrificing His life for us.
- It is white, which symbolizes the purity of Christ.
- It’s a very fruitful flower. You can take the seeds of a lily and spread them anywhere and they will grow. In John 15:5, Jesus says that if we remain in him then we will bear much fruit. We are the hands and feet of Christ here on this earth and He desires for us to be fruitful and share His love with others.
I loved being able to take a phrase I had heard so many times in a song and figure out what it meant. Now I can understand what it means to call Jesus the “lily of the valley”. I got so excited about that I had to call and tell my friend, Tricia. I wanted to share what I had learned that morning and to tell someone else how cool it was that Jesus is our lily of the valley!
You may be sitting there shaking your head or laughing because I got excited about a lily of the valley. But that’s why I love reading the Bible. I find a new connection or learn a new thing every time I read it. I look forward to my quiet time so I can hear from God. I desire a close relationship with God and that involves reading and studying His Word.
I realize you might not be as excited about the Bible as I am. You may think I am crazy or think that God doesn’t speak to you through that big book of His. However, I want to encourage you to dive in head first and let God splash His Holy Word all over your soul. I hope you will realize that the Bible is God’s Truth and it is His Living Word. It never changes and His word is forever. I love Isaiah 40:8
The grass withers; the flower fades, but the Word of the Lord stands forever.
The Holy Scriptures are not changing. They aren’t suddenly going to say something different. God’s Word is forever.
I pray you will find a deep desire to commit time every day to read the Word of the Lord and to hear Him speaking to you through it. It will change your life, I promise.