The Bible is a Mirror
The Bible is like a mirror; it reflects myself and it reflects who God is. It’s like a mirror that shows us, number one, ourselves, and number 2, who God is like.
You see, as I read in Jonah chapter 4 and verse 6, I realized that I’m very much like Jonah, I could see myself in Jonah. Now Jonah was glad because there was shade provided for him by the gourd, but I also remembered that Jonah was angry because his enemies were saved. And so I see myself in Jonah. I want things to be done my way, I get angry when they don’t, and I get happy when they do. It really reveals the selfishness in my own heart, and the reality is as I see myself in Jonah, is that I am often more concerned about my own comforts than about the souls around me.
At the very same time, the Bible reflects who God is. In the book of Jonah, I see the love and the mercy of God. The Ninevites were a wicked people, and God would be righteous to judge them. Yet God in His mercy and in His love decided to send them a message of salvation and more than that, gave them His Son. I see the love and the mercy of God in the Bible.
And so friends, as you look into the Bible, it is a reality check to see either yourself, or God, or both. And I want to ask you today when you look into the Bible, do you see that you are more like Jonah or would you be more like Jesus. And may we see Jesus in the Scriptures, and may we ask His Spirit to change us into the very same image. May we be able to say, “Lord, let me see You in the holy Scriptures and let me be transformed into the same image.”