“Come near to God and he will come near to you.”James 4:8a
The translucent, turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea calls to me, “Come see what’s beneath!” I put on my mask, snorkel, and fins, and dive in. Often we’re anchored in 15-30 feet of water. From the surface, I can see the shadows of fish and coral, or seagrass, and the faint outline of a ray or a sea turtle. But if I take a deep gulp of air and swim down, the colors come into focus: the purple of fan coral, the mustard yellow of fire coral, the florescent spots of tiny blue-yellow-black fish, the deep blue of an eagle ray with its white polka dots.
Reading the Bible is something like this. We can skim the surface, reading long passages at a time, and it is beautiful and beneficial. But if we dive in, meditate on the words and phrases, taking them in, the colors pop. God’s Word reveals Himself to us, and we are awed! “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)
Who is this amazing God that the multitudes of heaven worship, who reveals Himself to us, who draws near to us?