What begins as sounds of individual letters morphs into blends. From there, children develop word attack skills, usually accompanied by a few hiccups, such as, “Why isn’t why just spelled Y?” I hear Taylor Faith laughing over that as she’s now reading this book by Lauren Child.
At times, even as adults, we need help to comprehend what we read.
In a prelude to the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), a lawyer tries to trick Jesus. The Lord’s response? “How do you read it?” From the rest of the parable, we learn that merely reading the Law (and setting a trap for Jesus), misses the intent of the parable completely.
Perhaps because this is the season of Lent, a time when many try to practice self denial in various ways, I pause to consider how I approach reading the Scriptures. I think of Jesus’ words: “How do you read it?” Although I don’t bring the lawyer’s malicious intent to the table, I look at my possible motivations for daily devotions:
Do I come out of duty? To check devotions off my daily ‘to do’ list? To win an argument? To prove my knowledge of verses?
Convicted of the not-so-hidden agendas that can muddy my time with the Lord, I backtrack to rethink my approach to reading and studying.
Did I ask the Holy Spirit to lead me into Truth?
Did I confess my agenda(s) and sin(s), and then rejoice that there is no condemnation for those in Christ? (Romans 8:1)
If I do these things, I find I read EXPECTANTLY, and not just HABITUALLY. I then read with an eye to true repentance that will lead to changed behavior, and I find myself praying for grace to walk in more authentic faith.