What do we see when we look into Scripture? Walls of words? Long lists of rules and regulations? What about ourselves? Scripture can and does serve as a mirror, but not a normal mirror that merely reflects external appearances. It is a mirror that reflects what is in our hearts. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) When we look into Scripture, it interacts with us in a number of ways. For example, it sets before us God’s standards of holiness which allows us to see the ways in which we are more conformed to them and the ways in which we are less conformed to them. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) It also resonates with various parts of us: many passages speak to us and illuminate things in us that we are not aware of. If we are open to listening to Scripture and letting it speak to us, letting Scripture read us as we read it, we will find a new world opening to us. One that shows us not only the dark corners of our hearts, but also bright new horizons of the possibilities of what we can be.
January 26, 2014