When people read the Bible, or at least brood on what they know of its teaching, even when they are beginners who do not yet know the sacred text well, messages from God come through to set their hearts in a way that is both startling and encouraging.  Bible readers sense, again and again, that God is speaking significantly to them “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3.16).  Arousing the expectation that this will happen and teaching Christians that each time they turn to Scripture they should have in their heart and mind the prayer “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law” (Psalm 119.18) are key elements in good discipleship training.  Certainly, the closer and more thorough one’s acquaintance with the Bible as a whole, the more clearly and fully will one discern its wisdom for living the whole of one’s life.  But God is gracious and good.  He meets people where they are and often showers beginner Christians with insights for their personal guidance as they take their first hesitant steps in forming the habit of daily Bible reading. – J. I. Packer (born on July 22, 1926)


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