My husband is a Soldier.
That means he is absent from our family a lot. Like for 12 month stretches sometimes.
The technology to connect with him is great, when it works. But what I love most are the letters he writes to me while he’s away.
Sometimes I read and reread until the tear stained pages wear thin.
He tells me how much he loves me and appreciates what I’m doing at home to care for our children. He mentions the things he loves most about me and relates as much as he is able about what he is doing.
They challenge and inspire me to be the woman he knows I can be.
That he took the time to find a pen and paper, hand write the words, and address, stamp, and mail them to me show his faithfulness to me.
They remind me of who he is and why I fell in love with him.
His love letters keep us connected while He isn’t physically present.
I remember the first time I heard someone refer to the Bible as God’s love letter to us.
It changed how I read Scripture.
Reading the Word with the mindset of discovering what God wants me to know about Himself, how He feels about me, and what He has done and is doing on my behalf really brings Jesus to life.
And it’s no wonder when we consider John 1:1.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Jesus the Word
Every verse of the Bible is about God’s story of salvation through His Son Jesus. Christ is the fulfillment to every prophecy and the embodiment of promise. He is the Word personified. And because He lived on earth, His Word is living and active.
Learning to read the Word through this lens brought both Jesus and Scripture to life for me.
No longer was the Bible just a collection of ancient words on tissue thin paper. No longer was Jesus just a just a distant celebrity no one I know had ever seen in the flesh.
The more I read the more real He became to me.
The more real He became to me, the more intimately I understood the Word.
And this phenomenon doesn’t seem to have an end.
It is a continuous cycle of learning and growing that will only find fulfillment when I meet Jesus face to face at the end of this life.
Just like the letters from my husband, I never tire of reading and rereading the words God inspired Bible authors to pen.
In the same way my relationship to my husband is constantly evolving and deepening, I am learning new aspects of Jesus’ character and personality each time He meets me in the chapters and verses of my now well-worn Bible.
Much like e-mail and text messages, digital versions of the Word are quick and convenient methods of communication, but it is the tangible nature of my printed and bound Bible I cherish most.
Pastors can interpret and relay messages from God to my waiting ears.
Teachers can show me how to dissect sentences and research Hebrew and Greek. Writers (yes, like me) can share personal testimony, cultural context, and real life application.
Absolutely nothing compares to holding the living and active Word of God that is Jesus in my hands and reading His love letters to me.
If Jesus feels distant to you or His influence in your life seems dull, I challenge you to pick up the letters He wrote for you.
Invite the Holy Spirit to help you read, study, and come to a right understanding of the truths about Jesus contained in the Word.
Meditate on the meaning of what you read and the significance of the fact that He used 40 or so men to write and compile the 66 books of the Bible over a span of about 1,500 years, so that we could know and have a personal relationship with Jesus.
After you read and re-read the words God wrote to you, consider reflecting on the following questions:
What is He saying about His love for you and your identity in Him?
How does what you read make Jesus more real to you?
What do the words reveal about what He has done and promises to do for you through Jesus?
What can you learn about Jesus’ character in the verses you read?
How is He challenging and inspiring you to grow closer and more like Him?
Let the Word bring Jesus to life for you.
About the Author:
Liz Giertz is an Army Veteran who traded her combat boots and rifle for a blog and a glue gun. She is an Army wife and mom to two boisterous boys who call Hurricane, WV home for now. She is passionate about encouraging women to overcome MESSES and embrace their MEMORIES as they become the MASTERPIECES God created them to be. You can connect with her on her blog, My Messy Desk (http://www.creativeinspirationsatmymessydesk.com/), as well as on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CreativeInspirationsAtMyMessyDesk/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/LizGiertz).