The Bible is like a sealed book!

“Open my eyes, that I may see wonderful things in your law!” Psalm 119:18 

 The following is a piece written well over a century ago. Nonetheless, I found it very relevant and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. 

By George Everard, “Christian Living!” 1881

To very many, both learned and unlearned, the Bible is like a sealed book! They see the words, but they do not discern the meaning. Or if they understand something of the meaning, they do not feel its mighty power. It does not convince them of their sin–nor does it help them to know and love the Savior. And why is this? Because the veil is upon their heart.
Reader, be sure you never neglect to pray whenever you take the Bible in your hand. It is only in this way that you will find real profit and comfort in reading it. Pray that you may understand whatever you read.
If you read there of one who committed sin–then pray that the grace of God may preserve you, that you may never fall into the same snare. 
If you read of any one who exercised any particular grace, as faith, or repentance, or love, or patience, or obedience–then pray that the Spirit may plant the same grace in your heart. 
If you read any solemn warning or threatening–then pray that the curse or punishment spoken of may never light on you. 
If you read any gracious promise–then pray that God may make good the promise to you. 
If you read anything of Christ, as the Good Shepherd, as the High Priest–then turn in prayer to Him, and ask Him to guide and guard you, to make you and keep you as one of His sheep, to bear your name before the Father, and to intercede on your behalf.
There is no part of Scripture that you cannot in some way turn into prayer–and the more you do so, the more you will find it like a well of living water. You will never fail to find help and refreshment from it.
Reader, may you learn to prize God’s precious Word, and to find it food and drink to your soul. The Bible is the only book that tells us . . .
  about the way of salvation,

  of Christ and His cross,

  of the gift of the Holy Spirit,

  of the new life, and

  the blessed hope of everlasting life. 

May it be yours to use the book aright, to meditate therein, and as you read to grow in the knowledge of Christ Jesus your Lord

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5 thoughts on “The Bible is like a sealed book!

  1. I remember the horrid dark decades of opening the Bible–and it all seemed truly Greek or some other language to me. My eyes were veiled, my mind a block of dull wood, and my heart heard only condemnation–ALL the TIME. Which doesn’t make for a desire to read it. Then after Mar 2011, it became truly a Living Word–warm and pulsing, breathing in my hands, all the characters “real people” finally; an adventure story. I couldn’t get enough of it, even in portions I couldn’t yet understand (and I don’t understand it all, still). I notice now that when I’m most distressed, overwhelmed, it is harder to read–even if I want to. So then I ask the Lord to calm me, so that I can get even a small bit from Him. Those are good days too, just different from the others 🙂 Matt 18:19 and Psalm 17:7b are my shares today–God bless you and the fam!

    • I know exactly what you mean on both accounts. When I’m not able (pain, racing mind, etcetera) I pray, sometimes just listen for that still small voice, and get much comfort there.

      It is truly amazing how much is opened to us when we surrender and open to Him, isn’t it?

      In for a stormy day here the weather folks (and Arthur) say. That’ll mean I may write a lot or won’t do a thing LOL Nonetheless blessing to you as well 😉

      • I prayed for y’all as I walked up to shop for holiday cooking/baking items. I get antsy this time of year, weather-wise; end up missing some of the sales because I have to shop without benefit of transportation, so I must choose non-rainy days…But I am SO grateful for God’s provisions. He always has blessings to make up for any extra costs, doesn’t He!

        I’m sorry Arthur is a bummer–and I’m sorry that pain and racing mind are part of your experience too; as you’ve said, we seem to have a lot in common…for better or worse (the faith and humor parts are Better!). Know that I keep you and the fam in daily/nightly prayer–God bless y’all!

      • We really do; and I like the “better” ones better, too! LOL

        I appreciate that. And I hope you know that you are daily in my prayers as well. 😉

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