Do you like receiving mail? I don’t particularly enjoy weeding through the junk mail or the bills, but there’s something exciting about looking down and seeing a card or letter addressed to me. It speaks volumes before it’s ever opened. It says someone was thinking of me, but they didn’t stop there. They thought of me and then took the time to write a card or letter to me. It says they care and they value me.
Today people tend to receive email rather than mail. Back in 1998 Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks starred in a movie called You’ve Got Mail which revolved around the excitement that came from the two main characters receiving emails from one another. There’s just something exciting about receiving a letter from another.
What would happen if you didn’t ever open your mail? What if you never opened your email or went to your mailbox to pick up your mail? It would pile up and eventually start gathering dust. The message contained inside wouldn’t have served its purpose.
Unfortunately, that happens a lot when it comes to the letter the Lord sent to each of us. It sits on the shelf, gathering dust, and doesn’t have the opportunity to serve its purpose. You see, the Bible is a letter to each of us from God. He thought of us when He composed it. It’s personal.
How can it be personal? Have you ever been in a group of people when a portion of scripture is read out loud and people share their thoughts on it? The responses can be as numerous as the people in the room.
The word of God offers direction for you when you’re not sure where to go or what to do. Psalm 119:105 says,
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
It is a love letter to you when you want to know how the Lord feels about you. In Song of Solomon 4:7, the Lord says,
All beautiful you are, My darling; there is no flaw in you.”
When you fear the worst in a situation, He brings comfort to you in Deuteronomy 31:8,
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
There’s just one problem. You’ll never receive the message He has specifically for you if you don’t open it. I’ve been to speaking engagements before where someone will come up afterwards and say,
You talk about God speaking to you like He’s a person, but God doesn’t speak to me.”
My response is always the same.
He’s speaking. Oh, He’s speaking loud and clear. The question is, ‘Are you listening?’”
God speaks in a variety of ways. He’ll speak to us through others, through our circumstances, and numerous other ways; however, one way we can be certain He speaks to us without fail is through His Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us,
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
God has sent you a letter today. The question is, will you open it?