Read Proverbs 1:1-7.
“For just as eyes, when dimmed with age or weakness or by some other defect, unless aided by spectacles, discern nothing distinctly; so, such is our feebleness, unless Scripture guides us in seeking God, we are immediately confused.”
(John Calvin, Institutes, I.xiv.1)
Reformed theologian John Calvin once wrote that reading Scripture is like putting on a pair of glasses. In a world obscured by fake news, disinformation, and partisan fearmongering, the Bible helps us discern what is true and trustworthy and worthy of full acceptance (1 Timothy 1:15). It clarifies and refines our vision, teaching us the story of our faith and enabling us to see God at work in the world around us. Though we are constantly bombarded with information, it helps us cut through the noise to determine what deserves our time and attention and focus. It invites us to reflect on what sustains our faith and brings us life and what absolutely drains us. Just as corrective lenses don’t perfect our vision, the Bible doesn’t give us an exhaustive picture of the divine, but through the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s living breathing Word can allow us to see as in a mirror, dimly, the One we will eventually see face-to-face (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Holy Wisdom, Holy Word, may the words we read in Scripture come alive for us. Through the power of your Sprit, may we find knowledge and insight to guide us as we seek to live with integrity and purpose and love. Amen.
Rev. Emily Rhodes Hunter
Campus Minister, UKirk Virginia Tech