Have you ever wondered about the passage of time between the lines in the Bible? You know, you read a passage, and then the next chapter jumps ahead a few days, months, or years? Do you think God wants us to ponder about those periods of time, or just consider what has been written?

I’ve been studying Daniel recently, and one of the books I’m using as a resource is James Montgomery Boice’s commentary on Daniel.  I was studying the part where Nebuchadnezzar builds his huge gold statue to himself, and Boice makes a very interesting observation about something that I never considered. Just before that, Daniel is given the dream the king had as well as its interpretation by God, and Nebuchadnezzar falls on his face before Daniel, praises God, and promotes Daniel and his three friends. And then in Daniel 3:1, Nebuchadnezzar builds a huge gold statue of himself…  Huh? What led to that?! But then again, think about what happens to us in those in-between times of our lives. We’re saved, we start going to a church, and then before we know it, we’re back in those old habits again. We get caught up in work again, or the politics of office life, or the happenings in the neighborhood or our own family. Before long, we’ve lost that passion for God, and doing His will in our life. Just like Nebuchadnezzar, I tend to forget

I think God wants us to think about more than what is written in the Bible. I’m not saying build a theology about what isn’t said, just think about what you’re reading more than reading it as a piece of fiction (which you don’t have to think too hard about). Study what it says, and consider what it doesn’t say.