Open Your Bible
Open Your Bible
Psalm 62:1-12, Psalm 19:7-11, Isaiah 40:8, Psalm 119:105-112, Psalm 119:129-136
The following is an excerpt from Open Your Bible: God’s Word is for You and for Now, a 7-session group Bible study written by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams of She Reads Truth, in partnership with LifeWay.
“I just can’t open my Bible.”
They were only asking for prayer requests, but I was surrounded by people who loved me and it felt safe enough to just be honest. It had been four months since we buried our stillborn daughter, and just as many since my aching arms had reached for my Bible. My very wounded heart—which lived and breathed and clung to the Book like never before throughout the uncertainty of my pregnancy—felt betrayed, weak, and hopeless.
There I sat in Tara’s living room with a dozen other women, circled up for the first Bible study I’d attended since our Evie Grace was born. I really only came because I needed to get out of the house.
My soul was weary.
No one gasped at my words. No one troubleshot. Instead of judgment, even instead of a “You’ve just got to do it!”, my very blonde and very quiet friend Allison opened the worn pages of the Bible in her lap and simply said, “That’s okay. Let me read it to you instead.”
Lifting her bookmark from its place, she began to read Psalm 62. “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken…”
As she read on through the end of the chapter, these friends of mine gathered closer. When Allison finished, Kari began to read from her Bible, then Holly, then Danielle. Like I was a person starving, too weak to lift food to my own mouth, they spoon-fed Scripture while I sat and wept and listened to the Word that never stopped being alive or true, even when it remained unread and unopened.
What has kept you from opening your Bible?
Maybe your heart has been wounded like mine, and the very words that have the power to comfort and restore remind you instead of what you’ve lost.
Perhaps it’s not like that at all. Maybe you’re afraid of what you’ll find. Will it be convicting? Will it be hard to understand? What if I open my Bible to find the truth is too hard to bear?
It’s possible you haven’t opened your Bible lately—or ever—because it’s not important. You may believe it’s true and good for others, but it doesn’t seem necessary for you. Or perhaps you have the basics down and don’t feel a need to dig deeper.
Maybe it is important to you, but it’s just not urgent. You think the Bible is definitely worth reading and would love to make some time to sit down and read it, but there is always something more urgent that needs to be done, so your Bible remains closed.
Maybe you feel downright disqualified or unequipped. You suspect the Bible isn’t for you—it’s for pastors and theologians, too difficult to navigate independently. You’ve tried to open it and read it on your own, but quickly found it was more complicated than you expected.
But here’s the thing—
The Bible is for you, and it is for right now. It’s for you if you’ve never read it, and it’s for you if you have seventeen doctorates in theology (anyone?). It’s for the moment you are so overcome with grief that your body forgets to breathe in and out on its own, and it’s for the time you really don’t have time to open its pages for yourself.
We do not have to be biblical scholars to read this Book. You, right where you are, do not have to wait for someone to take you by the hand to open the pages of Scripture. You can open your Bible just as you are.
Move forward in this study knowing you are not disqualified. No amount of knowledge or accomplishments makes you more or less able to meet God in His Word. Nothing you are doing, have done, or will do renders you ineligible for the good news of the gospel.
All the things you imagine you’ve done wrong when it comes to your “quiet time”? The lostness you feel when you consider opening The Book of All Books for the very first time? Let them go. Understand here and now that yes, this Book is holy and it is sacred and good. But this Book exists for moments just like this—the moment you lay it open and look for Him.
This is an excerpt from Open Your Bible: God’s Word is for You and for Now, a 7-session group Bible study written by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams of She Reads Truth, in partnership with LifeWay. To purchase Open Your Bible for individual or group study, visit lifeway.com/openyourbible.