I walked right past it. All senses were primed. My eyes were scanning the terrain. My ears were tuned. It was the reason I was there. But I still missed it. In a tree, not more than 40 metres from me, was a magnificent leopard. What a sight. A sight I would have missed had it not been for the trained eye of our Game Ranger. He saw something I was looking for and would have missed, had he not been a part of our journey through the Reserve.
Bible reading notes are to the Christian what a Ranger is to the game park visitor, trained eyes to help you see all there is to see. Reading the Bible without help, although admirable, at times even necessary, places us at risk of passing by some magnificent (in)sights.
Reading the Bible is integral to our spiritual growth as a follower of Jesus. John Stott remarks, “The Bible is the prism by which the light of Jesus Christ is broken into its many and beautiful colours”. Reading the Bible unassisted can make us blind to all there is to see and consequently, limit our understanding and experience of the Jesus we can come to know through His living word.
Jeremiah offered sound advice to a Nation which had neglected the Word: “…ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls” (6:16). Surrounded by a culture which idolises individualism, believers must be willing to humble themselves, ask for help and get assistance from those who have walked the ancient path.
Now get reading with a little help from a friend.