At our Wednesday morning Bible study we are using a series of studies from the Connnections Magazine titled "Reading the Bible with Luther". Our most recent study was held on an icy Wednesday morning when 7 of us showed up. The past two months we have had free breakfasts thanks to two birthday boys. Fred and Merlyn.
This month we looked at how the Bible itself taught Martin Luther to read the Bible theologically. Psalm 119 is a long psalm praising the value of God's word. Psalm 119:71 says, "It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn Your decrees." We noted how the Bible can be pretty boring at times. It can be hard to connect to. But when we are challenged in life, when trials come, when circumstances make us question our faith, then the Bible seems to come alive.
When we are living life superficially we may not find the Bible speaking to us all that clearly. It is when we are full of questions and when we know our need of God's grace that the Bible truly engages us and speaks a living word. Several of us at the study that morning recalled times when we found great power in the Word of God. Those times were all during hardship and challenge in our lives.
Many have noted that the Bible is truly written to afflict the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted. It pulls us and pushes us to live life on a deeper level. Certainly it is challenging. But we don't have to discover God's word on our own. We can do it together.