God's Message -- to Me?

I read the Bible daily. I study the Bible regularly. I use the Bible to teach others. I have a very high view of the Bible. For me, the Bible is the foundation on which our faith rests, because virtually everything we know about God and His plans for us comes directly and only from the Bible. As the saying goes, “don’t get me started.”

Admittedly, my Bible reading sometimes becomes mechanical. Ever had that feeling yourself?

So, the other morning, I was jolted out of the mechanical by an interesting personal perspective on the Bible from my friend Sara Whitten. She has graciously given me permission to share "Day 62" from her book, They Know His Voice: A 90 Day Devotional.

Sara brings the Bible home with an interesting question:

How would you respond if God sent an angel with a message to you?

Aside from the visible strikingness of seeing an angel, the power of the word comes in knowing that it was clearly sent by God specifically to you personally. If we were to read God’s word this way, how would it change the way we read Scripture?

You were not accidentally included or grandfathered into receiving these messages. These are letters written with you specifically in mind – to build you up, give you hope and keep you from danger. Spend even a few minutes in the Word today, and ask the Lord to show you something you’ve never seen before in whatever passage you read. He is speaking to YOU.

For the world of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NIV

If you’d like to see more of Sara Whitten’s They Know His Voice: A 90 Day Devotional, it is available from Amazon in print or electronic version. Click here to see it in context.