Biblical Inspiration?

“Inspiration is better than magic, for as any artist will tell you, true inspiration comes not to the lucky or the charmed but to the faithful — to the writer who shows up at her keyboard each morning, even when she’s far too tired, to the guitarist whose fingers bleed after hours of practice, to the dancer who must learn the traditional steps before she can freestyle with integrity. Inspiration is not about some ethereal voice dictating words or notes to a catatonic host. It’s a collaborative process, a partnership between Creator and creator.

While Christians believe the Bible to be uniquely revelatory and authoritative to the faith, we have no reason to think its many authors were exempt from the mistakes, edits, rewrites, and dry spells of everyday creative work. Nor should we, as readers, expect every encounter with the text to leave us happily awestruck and enlightened. Inspiration, on both the giving and receiving end, takes practice and patience. It means showing up even when you don’t feel like it, even when it seems as if no one else is there. It means waiting for wind to stir…”

(From “Inspired:Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again”, Rachel Held Evans, Nelson Books, 2018)

For reflection in solitude or in the company of others: How has your relationship with the Bible changed over time? The author suggests that both crafting Biblical texts and engaging these texts as readers are collaborative efforts between humans and God. What reactions do you have to her suggestions? What faithful practices might God be calling you to as a reader (or listener)?

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