Reading through the Bible

A couple months ago I started a reading program that will take me through the Bible in a year.  I have started programs like this before but have always gotten behind…and eventually stopped because I got so far behind.  But so far I am still going strong.  I begin each morning by reading my “assigned” texts on my Droidx smartphone and then I post a verse or two to Facebook; verse(s) that have caught my attention.  But when I have done that I usually don’t make any comments about those verse(s); no explanation of why they caught my attention.  My plan here is to offer a few words on this blog of why those texts hit me on a particular day.  I might not post something everyday but I do plan to use this as a spiritual discipline in helping me engage scripture more deeply.

But before I begin this particular spiritual discipline I want to say a couple words about the spiritual discipline of scripture reading.  I know there are many of you out there that read scripture daily (or often).  But I also know there are many out there that don’t.  Allow me to encourage you today to either continue or to begin.

Each day when I read my 4 to 5 chapters I always (and I mean always) encounter something meaningful.  God uses those morning moments to speak to me.  Each morning a particular verse grabs my heart and it becomes clear that I need to share it.  This morning it was Proverbs 25:21-22 which reads as follows:

“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”

Even though there is a “burning coals” aspect of this text in relation to my “enemies” I still find this text challenging.  It is usually easier to turn away from your enemies and ignore their plight.  It is tempting to think that helping one’s enemies is a sign of weakness.  But in the eyes of God it is not weakness but rather strength and a sign of the love of God in your life.  It puts God in control.  How your enemies react to your kindness is not your problem.  This text challenges me, not just today, but everyday.  But even so I am glad God hit me with this today.  And I hope God strengthens me to show this kind of awesome love to all.

So…you don’t read scripture?  Get to it.  God is waiting to share some incredible truths with you as well.

Praise be to God!

-edh-

2 thoughts on “Reading through the Bible

  1. The Bible
    reveals the mind of God,
    the state of man,
    the way of salvation,
    the doom of sinners and
    happiness of believers.

    Its doctrines are holy,
    its precepts binding,
    its histories are true,
    its decisions are
    immutable.

    Read it to be wise,
    believe it to be safe
    and practice it to be holy.

    It contains light to direct you,
    food to support you
    and comfort to cheer you.

    It is the traveler’s map,
    the pilgrim’s staff,
    the pilot’s compass,
    the soldier’s sword
    and the Christian’s charter.

    Here, Heaven is opened
    and the gates of hell disclosed.

    Christ is its grand subject,
    our good is its design,
    the glory of God its end.

    It should fill your memory,
    rule your heart
    and guide the feet.

    Read it slowly, frequently
    and prayerfully.

    It is given in life,
    will be opened in the judgment
    and will be remembered forever.

    It involves the highest responsibility,
    will reward the greatest labor
    and will condemn all those
    who trifle with its sacred contents.

    Owned, it is riches;
    Studied, it is wisdom;
    Trusted, it is salvation;
    loved, it is character;
    And obeyed, it is power.

    ~AUTHOR UNKNOWN

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