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“These are words intended, whether confrontationally or obliquely, to get inside us, to deal with our souls, to form a life that is congruent with the world that God has created, the salvation that he has enacted, and the community that he has gathered. Such writing anticipates and counts on a certain kind of reading, a dog-with-a-bone kind of reading.” Eat This Book: a conversation in the art of spiritual reading, Eugene H. Peterson

Have you ever watched a dog with a bone? First, they bring the bone before their masters and prance in praise of their achievements, awaiting their masters joy and mutual celebration. Only after this display do they go to their work of private enjoyment by nawing on the bone for hours at a time. Peterson used this metaphor to describe what the art of spiritual reading ought to look like in our lives. There ought to be an insatiable hunger and delight in us over the words of scripture. Why? Well simply for the reason that they are “words intended…to get inside us, to deal with our souls, to form a life that is congruent with the world that God has created, the salvation that he has enacted, and the community that he has gathered.”

Why we read scripture is perhaps even more important than that we read scripture. Scripture is meant to be applied by the Holy Spirit to our lives in order that our deepest places hidden away from all others and possibly our selves may be unlocked and laid bare. The bible is not the sort of book you should read if you’re content with living a pleasant or nominal lifestyle where your own joy is found in your happiness alone. Its a compelling book that forms life inside you, in the deep places where death and disbelief have dwelt for far too long. It brings you and I to a place where community and re-creation meet, where salvation can be enacted in fresh ways and in the areas of  sanctifying maintenance we need.

Simply put the bible is a book of deep, God breathed words that will forever get inside you and I and shine light upon our darkness…