Before You Open Your Bible

9 Heart Postures to prepare you to read your Bible



I recently read a short book (Short books are my favorite!) entitled, Before You Open Your Bible by Matt Smethurst. The author gives nine heart postures that will help us correctly and effectively approach God’s Word. Let me summarize them, although I encourage you to get the book. All the quotes in this blog are from the author, Matt Smethurst.


Prayerfully

“I am convinced that a prayerless approach to God’s Word is a major reason for the low-level dissatisfaction that hums beneath the surface of our lives.” Read that quote again. We must learn to approach God’s Word with prayerful intent. Always, always pray and plead with God to open your eyes to the riches found in His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to unblind you to the glory, sufficiency and beauty of Jesus that is found in His Word. Never read the Bible without praying!




Humbly

“Your Bible is tangible evidence that the Maker of the Universe is a communicator; He’s someone who initiates, who reveals, who speaks.” Every time you pick up your Bible or your electronic device to read the Word of God, remind yourself of God’s unending grace toward you. We should never take for granted that the Lord God would pursue a relationship with us. We should have the same attitude as the tax collector in Luke 18:9-14 when he cried out, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” Humble yourself before God. Then and only then will you be ready to receive the glorious treasures found in God’s Word.


Desperately

The Bible is not meant to be a hobby; it is meant to be food that daily nourishes our soul. “Is it any wonder that nibbling long enough from the table of the world would leave us with little appetite left for God? If we’re snacking on cheese puffs, we shouldn’t be surprised when we don’t have room for steak.”

We don’t realize how desperate we are for the Word of God. Jesus quoting Deuteronomy said in Matthew 4:4, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Dear follower of Jesus, today, recognize how desperate you are for the precious Word of God.


Studiously


Psalm 111:2 records these striking words, “Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.”(Emphasis mine)

Studied. This is an interesting choice of verbs. The works of God are great, and they are studied by his people. Jesus told us to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. When you open your Bible is your mind engaged, alert, and active. Are you ready to actively study the Word of God?

We must note this difference. This is not studying like you prepare for an algebra or a physics test. This is study like you spend time with your children or your spouse continuing to pursue and engage with them because of your deep love for them; you delight in knowing them at a deeper level.

We study the Lord out of Love. We are overwhelmed by His unending and matchless grace and we respond with an engaged and alert mind.


Obediently

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 says, “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all our heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statues of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good?"

Did you notice the dizzying speed of requirements that God gave Israel? There are five: fear, walk, serve, obey and love. Notice God wants all of you. “God is interested in both your actions and your attitude. Feet, hands, mind, heart-he wants it all.”

Child of God, never forget the importance of obedience. In John 14:15 Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”


Joyfully