Forgotten Love Letters
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What if I write my husband a love letter, and send it to him at work. He is busy, so he sets it aside. It gets covered with a stack of papers and files. Days go by and he forgets about it. I’m waiting to hear his response, but he says nothing about it. A week or so later he is sorting his desk out and notices the letter. He knows he should read it, but now feels a little guilty that he didn’t read it when he received it. So, he opens the bottom drawer and drops it in there. When he finds it months later, he gets annoyed at me because I’ve made him feel guilty, and again puts it away without reading it.
I continue to wait, hoping that he will return my attention, acknowledge my love, want to spend time with me, but he doesn’t. How would you rate the love of a husband who did that? Would you think that marriage had the potential for longevity?
In Larry Crabb’s book, 66 Love Letters, he recalls something his father used to say:
God has written us a love letter that we allow to get dusty from disuse. The Bible is his love letter. Because his love is perfect, he will never stop waiting for us to return his love.
His love is unfailing.
His love does not depend on you being a good person.
His love does not keep track of all the rejections.
His love is patient.
His love is not self-serving.
His love perseveres always.
His love never fails.
God reveals himself to us in the Scriptures. The Old Testament is a history revealing how God interacted with his creation. These documents were available to the New Testament authors and we see them quote from the Scriptures often. The New Testament reveals Jesus Christ, God’s Son and a member of the divine trinity. Studying the life of Christ is studying about who God is.
Why read your Bible? It is a love letter to you; a love letter from your creator. He knows all about you. He knows every thought, every pain, every joy. He looks at you and sees your future self. He sees what you could be if you followed him and served him. He is inviting you to know him too. One of the ways we get to know God is by studying the Bible.
Will you ignore the love letter or take it and read it? Will you set it aside for more important things? Choose to read the letter, let the love wash over you, soak in his love and then love him back. In that process you will find hope.
You may wonder how to read the Bible. The best way is to just start. You can start at the beginning, but it is easy to get bogged down in the next few books after Genesis. Instead, start with Mark, or John, or James. I love to read the Psalms and Proverbs is full of practical wisdom. Don’t allow the indecision of how to start to derail your desire to just do it. Start somewhere. You can’t go wrong!
Let me know what you are reading. What questions do you have about reading the Bible?
For more on the inspiration of the Bible and how it came to exist as a collection of writings, I suggest