I can’t tell you how many times I’ve misread something. How many times I’ve misread the same thing…over and over.
This is how it was with the absolutely wonderful show that I’ve fallen I love with: Downton Abbey! Before I ever watched it, I thought the title was “Downtown Abbey.” No matter where I looked, that’s what my eyes saw. Then I actually watched it and, “duh!”, it says “Downton,” not “Downtown!” I feel kind of dense now, because it’s obvious that there is no “w” in the second half of the word! How could I have missed that?
I think the answer is quite simple. We see a word or a sentence and the mind automatically registers some of the words or phrases with what we already know and we jump to conclusions about what it’s saying. And then I wonder how many times I do that with the Bible. I have some pre-conceived idea of what a passage should say, because I’m so used to hearing it a certain way. When, in all reality, it says something completely different!
How much we miss when we move into auto-pilot mode! I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to give you new eyes when you read his word.
You’ll be amazed at what you learn!