I often have people ask me to write down my life verse. I usually quip back to them that I like the whole book. No need to settle for one verse when God has written it all for us. But all the same, God uses specific verses at specific times in our lives. And so I suppose He could probably use certain verses more in one life than another. One of those verses for me is Nehemiah 8:8: “They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.”
This passage is talking about Ezra, some other chosen men, and the Levites reading and explaining the Scripture to the people of Israel as they are moving back into Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity. They didn’t tell clever stories. They didn’t have any jokes. They read the Bible. And then they did what was necessary for the people to understand it. They didn’t set it up with a precursor or a poem. They didn’t have a topic and choose specific scriptures to fit it. They read the Bible and helped the people understand what they had read.
That’s what I’d like to do with my life. I don’t want to tell people funny stories. I don’t want to sing them pretty songs. I want them to read the Bible, and then I want to help them understand what they have read. Sometimes I realize I might need to tell a story or sing a song, but that’s not what I want to do. I want to help people understand what God has said to them. The God of the universe, our Creator and our Redeemer, has written us a book. I want to read it and understand. And I want to live a life that helps other people understand it.
More on this coming soon.