During the Reformation, Biblical Interpretation changed. It became the orthodox position that Scripture has one and only one meaning. This was important because the allegorical interpretation of Scripture sometimes allowed people to find some very fanciful interpretations of Scripture passages. The Jewish philosopher, Philo, said that Abraham represented the Greek Philosopher. He stopped at Haran which means "holes". This signified that he was using his senses to understand but moved on to Canaan to become a truly enlightened philosopher. Marrying Sarah was marrying abstract wisdom. You can see how this type of interpretation allows the Scripture to become putty in the hands of the interpreter. So it is good that we ordinarily follow the principles of biblical interpretation as we try to figure out the meaning of Scripture. This is especially important as we define doctrine and try to understand the teaching of Scripture.
However, that is not the only way that we read Scripture. We also read Scripture to communicate with God. We pray the Scripture and through those prayers God speaks to us in very personal ways through the Holy Spirit. When my father was dying, we went through a rollercoaster of emotions, faith and doubt for the 10 days he was in the hospital. I prayed and searched God's word for help. God spoke to me through Hebrews 2:13, "And again, "I will put my trust in Him." The "and again" is just introducing another quotation from the Old Testament. The verse is not talking about putting our trust in God over and over again but at that very difficult time in my life, the Holy Spirit gave me comfort and peace through those words. God spoke to me in a personal way as I engaged with his Word.
So, it is good and right that we should be careful as we interpret God's Word. When I prepare to preach I am careful to follow the principles of interpretation very carefully. However, we should also be open to letting God speak to us through his word in whatever way he wants to. I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.