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!