We need God to help us understand his Word. We can’t separate a walk with God from our reading of Scripture. The two go hand in hand. Like having a tour guide as you wander the halls of the Louvre. “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:15–17). Too many people approach Scripture without an intimacy with God, and they either end up frustrated because they’ve gotten so little out of it or, far worse, amass an intellectual understanding quite apart from any real communion with God. It usually results in religious pride.
The Bible is meant to be read in fellowship with God. Things can get really weird if we don’t.
Having offered that caveat, let me say that the more we know the Scriptures and, the more they become a part of us, the more we’ll find that we can walk with God. Having spent a good deal of time in the Word of God, you’ll give the Holy Spirit a library within you to draw upon.
And that’s the memo.
By John Eldredge from Walking With God