Last night I went up to Griffith observatory with some friends after the evening service at church. I’ve been up the observatory dozens of times. I enjoy the view of the city, I enjoy hiking through the woods, I love the architecture, and I always have fun hanging out with friends when we go up there. Last night we couldn’t find two of the people in our group, and eventually discovered them waiting in a line to look through a telescope to see Venus. All of a sudden it struck me that in all the times I have gone to the observatory I have never actually looked through a telescope. The whole point of the buildings, the location and everything else at the facility are so people can look up into the sky and see a broader and more realistic view of the universe.
As I got to thinking about it I realized that sometimes we can treat the Bible as I did the observatory. We can enjoy the literature, we can enjoy the fellowship that comes with going to church and gong to Bible Studies. We can also apply it to our lives and use it for a little better perspective of our world. Kind of like I enjoy looking over LA from the observatory. These things are all great, but the point of the Bible is to help us understand God better. God gave us the Bible so we can know Him and understand who He is and what his design for us is. Sometimes in the shuffle of all the business of my world I will just enjoy everything related to the Bible without taking time to look through it to see God.
All said, make sure to look for God when you read your Bible, and next time I go to the observatory I think I am going to look through a telescope also. =)