A Boring Bible is a Safe Bible
If I could convince myself that the Bible is the boring book I sometimes deem it to be…I’d probably stop reading. But my escape hatch it barred by Hebrews 4:12 which talks about God’s word dividing soul and spirit – this hints at a Bible that is dangerous and life rending. And unfortunately it has been drawn to my attention (by means of my pesky ruminations) that the intolerably dull parts of the Bible – the parts I skip over or at best skim – are boring as a consequence of not allowing them a full on collision with my heart. In other words – they make me uncomfortable.
1 Corinthians 13 for example I dutifully read because that’s what good Christians do. But as words like ‘love is patient, love is kind’ appear in the sentence before me, I try to convince myself that the cause of my lethargy is that I already know it all…after all, I’ve skimmed it about a million times.
But when I pause to absorb the truths revealed in the scripture – a more irritating truth emerges – that my subconscious is not prepared to allow the type of bold love Jesus displayed, to reshape my heart. And so it remains a tedious read. It’s safer, but it’s not good enough anymore.
The Bible is meant to be handled bare handed but we can be so afraid of getting a paper cut we don the white gloves and examine it as an ancient artefact. It’s not an antique – The Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword. It’s meant to cut.
But in an era when comfort is our holy grail – wilfully exposing ourselves and becoming vulnerable to God’s refining fire can feel like mutiny. In reality, interacting with the Almighty does not always give us the warm fuzzies. But in order to receive the fulness of life Jesus has to offer, we need to stop shying away from the sting and exasperation that brings healing and freedom.
Our Christian walk is not meant to be ordinary and neither is the Word of God. So if we find ourselves sluggishly scanning the scriptures, perhaps we need to recognise that sitting on a fence makes your butt go numb. Let’s Take a minute to let our guard down and allow the Bible to expose our innermost thoughts and desires. And when we feel the tip of the blade, let’s be brave enough to lean into the sword and let our old self die.
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 NLT