Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pages and Presence

Pages and Presence

     What if a favorite author joined us as we read his or her work?  What if Dickens could be with us as we read "A Tale of Two Cities?"  Or Bronte while enjoying "Jane Eyre?"  Or Schultz as we laughed with "Peanuts?" (our beagle Sparrow insisted that I include Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the gang!).  The experience of reading would take on a new dimension altogether as we noted favorite passages, inquired about meaning, and thanked authors for the inspiration, entertainment, encouragement, and challenge of their work.

    "Behold, I will pour out My Spirit unto you; I will make known My words unto you" (Proverbs 1:23).

    One book exists that comes to us with its Author.  The Holy Spirit who inspired the words of Scripture graces the pages of His literary masterpiece with love, light, life, and liberty in the Lord Jesus Christ.  The trusting, humble heart reads the Bible in the presence of the God who seeks to reveal the Lord Jesus as the theme of every word, sentence, verse, chapter, and book.  "Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of Me" declared our Savior, who also revealed that the Holy Spirit ever works to "testify of Me" (John 5:39; 15:26).  Thus, the Author would have us open His Book to see Christ, and to thereby be changed into His spiritual and moral image.    "Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God.  Thy Spirit is good, lead me into the land of uprightness" (Psalm 143:10).

    If Dickens, Bronte, Schultz or some other favorite author were scheduled to join us today for a reading of their work, we would be thrilled.  Need I suggest how much more joyously expectant we should be that the Author of the holy and sacred Volume promises to meet us in the pages of His masterpiece?  The Bible comes with its Author.  Scripture blesses us as both a Book and a Voice.  The realization should thrill and fill our hearts with holy anticipation as pages filled with Presence reveal to us the love of the Father, the grace of the Son, and the light of the Spirit.  

"Howbeit when He the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come."
(John 16:13)

Weekly Memory Verse
    But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom.
(Hebrews 1:8)   


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