Have you ever prayed this prayer?
“Open my eyes that I may see
Wonderful things in your law.”
This prayer was written about 3,000 years ago. You can find it in Psalm 119:18. It’s a request to experience wonderful things by reading the Bible.
The psalmist expected to see something wonderful by reading God’s Word, which he calls “law” or “instruction”. The Bible is a book of instruction – it teaches us many things about God and ourselves and our world.
When you read the Bible, do you experience something wonderful? What should we be seeing in the Bible that is so wonderful? Here are 3 places to start:
1. God the Father.
God is the main subject of the Bible. He is revealed in the pages of Scripture in all His glory – who He is, what He is like, what He has done, and what He promises to do in the future for you and me. From Genesis to Revelation, if you are looking for God, you’ll find Him there. He wants you to know Him and has gone to great lengths in His Word to tell you about Himself.
2. God the Son.
God has revealed Himself most clearly and magnificently through His Son Jesus, who is the “radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:3). God is the ultimate communicator, and He came up with the most mind-boggling way to unveil Himself to us – by becoming a man.
Go to the New Testament and read the four books written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John for a detailed account of the birth, life, miracles and teachings of Jesus, culminating with His death, resurrection and ascension. Then read the letters of Paul, Peter, James and John to understand the meaning of it all. Next, dive into Revelation, the last book of the Bible, to read what happens when Jesus returns a second time to bring this world to an end and to usher in His eternal kingdom.
3. God the Spirit.
Before He returned to heaven, Jesus promised to send His Spirit to be our Counselor and Comforter. And sure enough, that’s what happened! Go to the book of Acts to read about the coming of the Holy Spirit and how He transformed a small group of Christ-followers into a dynamic band of Spirit-filled believers who “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).
Does the Bible contain wonderful things? Yes! God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are to be found on every page – what could be more wonderful than that?
Bible reading tip – When you read any part of the Bible, always ask yourself this question: What does this passage teach me about God?