"As I was reading my Bible this morning, I felt like God was talking directly to me. But I don't really want to say that, because I know this was written to Israel, not to me. I don't want to take this out of context."
I can symapthize with her hesitancy to read the Bible "for herself." I grew up reading Scripture with the belief that there was something in there that would personally affect my life.
As I've grown older, I've worried that this was being ignorant and selfish. (No, Isaiah 40:30 was not written to encourage me to finish a hiking trail.) I've been trained to pull myself out of the Scriptures to search for the authors true intentions. While I have benefitted from this training, I've missed the "speaking into my life" quality the Bible can have.
This morning I read John 20:30-31
Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which
are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have
life in his name.
"You?" Does that "you" mean me? It seems to me like John is inviting...pleading with his reader to read herself into this book. This book was written in order for me to believe. For me to believe. I like that. Thanks for the permission, John.