This is a post summarizing my efforts in my Bible challenge. You can read about how this began by clicking here.
I’m so sorry this post is late–I don’t know how, but I just forgot! Next thing I know, it’s Thursday, and I was supposed to post this on Monday!
I didn’t read. But I did pray, a lot.
I’ve been watching some sermons online from a pastor in Seattle. I agree with a lot of his preaching, and his style is entertaining. Two years ago, he began preaching on the gospel of Luke, so I’ve been watching those. I watched a few episodes tonight. They are great to listen to while knitting and are better than knitting podcasts by non-Christian people!
Tonight I prayed especially for wisdom and discernment. Even though I agree with almost everything I’ve heard this pastor say since I started watching his sermons online, I have to be very careful to not get caught up in his charisma. Everything must be tested against God’s word and the Spirit. So I pray for guidance when I watch his sermons.
Tuesday: Judges 19-21
I didn’t really like this passage. I’m sure there are lessons to learn from it, as I believe the whole Bible is useful for teaching and gaining wisdom, but sometimes passages take a few reads before becoming clear or until I can see a practical application in them.
Wednesday: Job 22-24
I’m still not liking Job very much. When reading, I try to look under the overlying story and see what basic theme or idea should be coming through. In Job, I can’t seem to find anything under the top story layer. I know there are lessons and such to be learned here, but it’s not clicking for me right now. Maybe that’s why my most often missed reading day is Wednesday.
I am praying for guidance and understanding as I read.
Thursday: Isaiah 19-21
Now, Isaiah, unlike Job, seems to make more sense to me, most of the time. I will be honest, though–I read these chapters with a “get it done” attitude.
I am repenting of that attitude and asking God to help me enjoy my Bible time. I think the key to that enjoyment is (1) taking the time to really dig into the story/passage and not just take it at face-value, and (2) see my Bible reading time as time to draw closer to God and not just as another thing to read.
I didn’t read the Bible today. I had plenty of time, but did not use it wisely. I did listen to quite a few online sermons, though.
Saturday: Luke 1
Sunday: Psalms 53-57