This is my testimony as spoken to my wife Jill last night, but I don’t want to make it about me, so it will be short on personal details.
Many years ago I read or heard in a teaching, something like: “How you read The Bible, is why you read The Bible….”
It was then explained that we read The Bible in different ways, because we ha weve various reasons for reading it: for Bible study, as a Devotional, as Meditation, for Guidance, as a Daily Scripture, etc..
But that old teaching also said that if we want to learn about the Author, we need to read The Bible from cover to cover as a one would normally do for any book.
So, for the last many years, I have gone to our Prayer Room alone and read The Bible out loud, and in a loud voice, from cover to cover, again and again.
Each time I read it, The LORD had me read it in a different way, so that I could learn different things from the exercises and He — through The Holy Spirit — could impart knowledge, understanding, healing and revelation as necessary.
Each time I read, I set no time limits on my reading time, I just read until it was done for that day, though the time spent in the prayer room each day is about the same. However, sometimes I used to read a lot verses, sometimes I read very few, it all depended on what The LORD wanted to impart.
This time of reading however, it is different.
When I started, I decided to read 5 or 10 chapters (or more) at a time and to read it without interruption or stopping. I also decided to read it as fast and as loud and as clearly as I could.
As I read through Ezekiel and Jeremiah over the last few nights, I began to see a change in my perspective.
And so, as I finished Jeremiah 40 at midnight last night, I went to speak with Jill to tell her that for the fist time, I was now seeing The Word from the perspective of the Author. I was now able to see how The LORD was dealing with things and to be able to separate Him, from the goings-on of mankind, and how He was overseeing all.
For the fist time, I was able to see it from God’s perspective, and He became the focus of the Bible reading I was hearing.
Last night, when I sat in thanksgiving prayer after the reading and a time of worship, I was able to pray to The LORD in a different way, for I was now able to see Him differently and more personally as a Father, and have a much greater appreciation of how He loves and how He hurts for us.
With new understanding and appreciation, I saw how HE so wants us to have a relationship with Him.
So I just want to confirm here, from my personal experience, that if we want to know The LORD, we really do need to get into personal relationship with Him and to read His Word from cover to cover often, and let Him change us as He reveals Himself to us in new ways.
I pray this helps you.
My readings over the last few days have truly been a revelation to me, and I thank The LORD for sharing Himself with me, through His Holy Spirit.
~ Angus MacKillop