Have you have ever read through a part of the Bible and come away with nothing more than a good story and then find yourself in a Bible study and the teacher reads the same segment of Scripture and shares all of this revelation she found in the verses? You can’t help but think, “How did that get in there?” You know you read the very same verses, but somehow missed all of the revelation. Is there something wrong with you? NO! You are perfectly normal….and so is the Bible study teacher.
2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” God is the one who dictated what was written in the Scriptures, so He is the one who can explain them to us. In order to truly understand what God meant in the verses we’re reading, we need to ask Him. He will open our minds so we can understand the Word just like He did for the disciples who gathered after His death [Luke 24:45]. After Jesus ascended into heaven, the Father sent the Holy Spirit to us to open our hearts and minds to the things of God and teach us [John 14:26].
I would encourage you to pause before you read the Word of God and ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind, your heart and your eyes to what you are about to read [Psalm 119:18]. He is faithful. He desires to reveal Himself to you. It may take place immediately as you read the Word or it may require you to meditate on the Word throughout the day. Either way, the Lord will speak to you and you will be amazed by the revelation He brings.