Imagine keeping your Bible in a gold chest the size of a foot-locker. The lid of the chest is solid gold and there is an elaborate golden angel at each end, with a space big enough to sit between them. Every time you open the lid and get your Bible out to read it, God himself joins you and takes a seat on the chest between the golden angels. Whatever you read, He is there to explain it.
That’s how God set things up for Moses. He promised to meet Moses there, over the written word engraved by His own fingers. In Exodus 25:22 God says, “There, above the cover between the two cherubs that are over the ark of the Testimony, I will meet with you…”
So whenever Moses wanted to speak with God, he entered the tabernacle or the tent of meeting and “he heard the Voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the atonement cover on the ark of the Testimony.”
I think not.
God speaks to us over, under, around, and through His Word, our Bible. When we read He gives us special insight that we probably wouldn’t get just walking in the park. I believe His Holy Spirit hovers closely when we open and read the Bible expectantly.
Early in the morning, I like to sit and read my well-worn Bible in my favorite purple chair. I look out my window at a beautiful God-created landscape, and sense his leading, his teaching me how to obey and follow Jesus. And in worship, I love to listen to the Word sung in praise songs and proclaimed in powerful preaching. But God wants His Word in my life all the time, 24/7.
So these days, I keep the Bible on my phone, at my fingertips all day. I use the YouVersion app, with its numerous translations in countless languages. And God meets me there, too. I might be waiting in line at the store, the doctor’s office, or the post office, and an encounter with God’s living Word is only a click away. The Upper Room and Jesus Calling devotional apps quench my daily thirst for life-giving water.
God meets us in the Bible. Don’t keep it on the shelf or in a golden box. Take it out and meet Him there.