During high school and college, I enjoyed taking an open book exam. Basically, the main textbook and one’s notes were available to be reviewed as one took the exam. The caveat was the test question was usually very difficult because the objective was not to test rote memorization but to test the application of the facts. Nonetheless, I always preferred these types of tests and felt confident because I knew that all the answers were in front of me, I just had to take the time and effort to retrieve them.
When I read the Bible, I feel a similar confidence and peace. All of the answers to life’s questions are within its pages, but I need to make the effort to read the Bible and study its passages. But unlike my open book exam, I have the perfect helper, the Holy Spirit.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete,equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
God’s Word comes alive and is relevant to my life when I ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate my reading. It is an open book exam with the perfect teacher at my side.
I have never felt more confident!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.