When anyone receives a personal letter (or email), the mind subconsciously asks the question, "What is the writer's intent?" Response to personal communication is guided by our perception of the sender's reasons for writing.
If you believe, as I do, that the Bible is the inspired, written word from God to us, then we are wise to ask the questions:
- What is God's intent in giving us His Word?
- If it is correct that 'The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever,' then what does God's word say about how we glorify and enjoy Him?
When we correctly answer those two questions, we have discovered the general theme of God's Word.
I propose the overall, general theme of the Bible—both Old and New Testaments—is God's expressed desire that His people rest in Him. "Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).
God's preeminent desire for His people is not that we work; not that we serve; not that we worship; not that we love; not that we forgive; not that we pray; not that we witness; and not even that we glorify Him. God's preeminent desire is that we rest in Him. Only after we find our rest in Him will we have the desire to serve, to worship, to love, to forgive, to pray, to witness and to glorify. If this concept were in the form of a principle, it would sound like this: Our rest in Him becomes our glory of Him.