For some, having a Bible on the bookshelf is kind of like owning an archaic textbook. You’re proud you own it, wouldn’t think of throwing it away, but also wouldn’t necessarily want to pick it up to read either. It has information about God and life, but not necessarily about your life. After all, it’s a textbook.
For others, having a Bible ready on the table or desk is like owning a treasure chest. You value it, wouldn’t consider not reading it regularly, and make its consumption a regular practice. It has information about God and life, yes, but has become necessary for your life. After all, it’s a treasure.
The first scenario occurs when the Holy Spirit is either not present or not welcome to engage and interpret the words for the reader. The second scenario occurs when the Holy Spirit draws us and acts as Translator and Applicator from the Word to our soul.
Anyone in scenario 1 can become the person in scenario 2, but also with a distanced relationship, those in scenario 2 can come to the place of scenario 1.
If for a while, maybe a very long time, you have been viewing the textbook on your shelf, then good news. Today can be the start of a new place and new perspective. You can find the treasure again, because who ever really wants a textbook anyway?
I am as happy over your promises as if I had found a great treasure. —Psalm 119:162 NCV
I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure. —Psalm 119:162 NLT