Just as old or bleary-eyed men and those with weak vision, if you thrust before them a most beautiful volume, even if they recognize it to be some sort of writing, yet can scarcely construe two words, but with the aid of spectacles will begin to read distinctly; so Scripture, gathering up the otherwise confused knowledge of God in our minds, having dispersed our dullness, clearly shows us the true God. -John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (Vol. 1, p.70)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God p may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
Calvin has so far been focused on the existence of God and why we should be worshiping him. Now he is beginning to explain how we can get to know God in a more personal way. I like the quote above because it gives a good illustration of how Scripture can help us better see who God is. In nature we can see a general idea of who God is and what he is like, just like someone with poor eye sight can recognize a book but not be able to fully appreciate it. When a person is given a pair of glasses they are then able to read the book and see the beauty with in it. Scripture does the same thing for us and our knowledge of God. When we read the Bible, we can then begin to see who God is and what his plan is for mankind. In Genesis we see how he created nature and how he wants to play a big part in our lives. Scripture tells us that there is something more to this life and we have hope in an afterlife. We are given more clarity about who God is as we read the Bible. We will not understand everything in the Bible at first but as we grow in our relationship with God our knowledge will grow and grow. The Holy Spirit will continue to reveal new truths to us.
We even see in 2 Timothy that “all Scripture is God-breathed”. The Bible is not just merely some book written by man and his thoughts on God. It is a book that God wrote about himself so that we can know him. God used men to write this book so that we can know him more intimately. That we could know his will and how we can pursue him. It is then up to us to read it and obey it. We would be fools to ignore the Bible if we believe in God. Imagine if your boss or someone wise wrote you a specific letter about how to be successful in life. They said there are general rules in there that will guarantee all your needs would be met if you followed them. How many of us would read that and follow it? Or would you just skim it one time and then just say you trust them but not live it out? God has promised us eternal life, that he will provide everything that we need. Why then do we ignore his writings to us? We do we take them for granted and not meditate on them all the time?
Take some time today and schedule daily times to read your Bible. Look at your schedule and see where you can set aside time to be with God. This may take some effort and sacrifice to do this. But he is the creator of the universe and he wants to help you with your life! More often then not, when I set aside time to be with God the things that I need to get done still get done. God is a gracious God who will help us do the things we need do. Make a plan to spend time with God and do your best to stick with it. Spending time with God is never a waste of time and God will bless you when you do.