Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Then if we move on down to verse 11, in the middle of the third day it says, “Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth’; and it was so.”
Notice in this verse who calls out life from the seed of the earth. It was God. This poses a question in regards to our study of the Bible. Do we call out truth or do we wait on the Lord to call it out? Revelation is not birthed out of religious determination or self discipline. Revelation only comes by God, through the Word, and from the Holy Spirit. In other words God calls it out.
This concept is a difficult one for a generation that believes patience is a hassle and is constantly looking for ways to not have to exercise it. The concept of delaying gratification is so foreign to a people who celebrate immediate satisfaction to their every desire. So it is not too surprising that this same mindset creeps into the study of the Bible.
For these same reasons so many people either give up or look for a shortcut to revelation, seeking it any way they can get it even if it isn’t God who is calling it out. So we look to books, movies, sermons, or pastors to call it out in our lives. Although none of these avenues are bad, they should not become a crutch or a shortcut to understanding.
Let’s be honest… using a shortcut is only marginally better than giving up. We must honor the process of reading the Word and letting God call out revelation. We must stop reading the Bible with the expectation of everything happening in the five minutes we give God today. God may call it out on the third day. The question is… Are you patient enough to wait?