Recently my little son Jude has become more and more fascinated with the world around him, especially during his evening feeding times. There is a particular chair we sit in most of the time while he eats. The things around us within his view don’t really change. But when something catches his eye, it is as if he has never seen it before. He eats for a few seconds, then suddenly stops to stare at whatever it is that has attracted his attention. After a little while of this, he turns back to eat, only to repeat the routine over and over. Sometimes he gazes up at me with that kind of wide-eyed wonder, without even a blink. I wish I could catch a glimpse of what is going through his little mind. What is he seeing? What about it captivates him as if he is looking at it for the first time?
After several evenings of observing this little pattern, the thought came to me that this is how I should be when I come to the Word of God. My approach to it should always be one of awe and wonder, even if I have read it a thousand times. Every time I come back to it, my mind and heart should be ready to see things I have never seen before. It should be so captivating to me that I can hardly tear myself away from it.
Psalm 1:2 says, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night” (KJV).
Psalm 119:148 says, “Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in Thy word” (KJV).
Far too often, we become distracted by the things in this world that are trying to capture our attention. Our focus is shifted from the glory and beauty of our Lord and His Word to the petty and meaningless things around us. We must diligently keep ourselves from these distractions, asking the Lord to open our eyes to the all-surpassing greatness of who He is.
God’s Word is so infinite in its depths that we could spend the rest of our lives studying it and not even come close to discovering all there is to know about our great God. The more we search it, the more we should desire it. The Scriptures are what point us to Christ, the One who is more beautiful and captivating than anything else this world has to offer. So may we, with the eyes of a little child, come to His Word with awe and anticipation of the beauty we will find there.