“[God’s] voice you have never heard” John 5:37
Today's Devotional Insight...
Our Greatest Obstacle to Reading the Bible
Have you ever seen a linebacker break through the offensive line, untouched, and lay out an opposing quarterback? That’s kind of how I felt when I read this portion of John Piper’s new book, Reading the Bible Supernaturally. The point is simple, but it hit me like a linebacker tackling me in a full-on sprint. Read this excerpt and then let’s ask God to reveal anything that could hinder us from reading, from truly reading His Word for His glory.
The Greatest Obstacle: Sinful Hearts
Those who love the darkness and hate the light may give their whole life to reading the Scriptures and yet never truly read them—never read them the way Jesus expects them to be read. You may read them day and night, yet hear Jesus say at every point, “Have you never read?” Or worse: “[God’s] voice you have never heard” (John 5:37).
The greatest obstacles to reading the Scriptures are not intellectual. They are not lack of skill. Rigorous thinking and literary skills matter. But nothing creates as great a barrier to seeing what is really there in Scripture as a heart that loves other things more than God. This, as we have seen in the case of the Pharisees, will nullify the greatest attention to Scripture. God’s aim for us as we read the Scriptures is, above all, that we see and savor the glory of God as more desirable than anything. That aim will abort as long as our hearts are enslaved to the adulterous love of our own glory or money or any created thing.
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