In my Bible Reading Challenge 60, part of the challenge is reading straight through from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation on a faster than normal schedule. Finally reaching the New Testament in my reading is a point that delighted me. The day that I “crossed over” into the New Testament, I happened to be reading my Bible at our family dining room table. The Saturday was unusually and thankfully quiet. The winter air was chilly outside, yet there was a warmth I felt from the sunshine pouring in the nearby front window. With my handy dandy phone, I took a picture to record progress and to display where the ribbon marker was in relation to the whole Bible. When I reviewed the picture, I realized that the shadow of the window panes pictured a cross over my open Bible. Thus, I titled this post “The Cross Point.”
I assumed that reading through these books would be easy reading in my Bible Reading Challenge 60, but it was not so. One verse that is encouraging to keep before me this year is Micah 6:8. In light of the LORD’s goodness to me, I need His Truth saturating my life in order to do justly; I need His love in order to be merciful; and I need a proper perspective of my Most High God in order to live humbly before Him.
Some days render within me a deep longing for the day to be done… for the morning to come. I am so thankful that the LORD promises new mercies every morning. He made the evening and the morning.
The books of Ezekiel and Daniel brought me to seventy-one percent of completing this Bible Reading Challenge. Throughout the book of Ezekiel, the theme seemed to be that God does things in order that “ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.” (13:9) He cannot bless unrighteousness, and He must judge unrighteousness. He is no respecter of persons or countries. The book of Daniel reminded me of the person of Daniel, the purpose He had within his heart, and the position of service in helping the king.
Look through, look over,
Look up, look out,
With eyes of faith,
Fear not; flee away doubt:
In place familiar,
In places unknown,
Look Upward! Oh, my soul,
Live in view of Home.
God is faithful. A faithful person is one who can be trusted and relied on. When we are confident in God and His choices for us, we have realized His faithfulness in all things.
“Called” means to be told or to be named. God calls us to be with Him, and He assigns unique tasks for each of us in this life. God has given us names – proper and common. What are your names?
If I miserably fail in carrying out the tasks of my names…
If no one acknowledges or appreciates my names…
If my names are way different than the names of others..
If I lose the ability to perform the responsibilities of my names…
I am still called by His Name – I am His.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” – I Corinthians 10:13
January seems to be a fitting month to be reading Jeremiah and Lamentations. After the busyness of family gatherings and fellowship with friends, and numerous activities in November and December, January brings us back to routines. This is a good thing. Winter weather, shortened daylight, and maybe a return to the pressing cares of life seem to bring on the blues for many. Certainly, just watching the news can send us spiraling downward into sadness over the evil prevalent today. What a perfect time of year to meditate on the new mercies that God has for us. New mercies every morning – think on that!
Do you ever struggle with thoughts of what a person said to you [or didn’t say to you] to the point that it paralyzes you from being the Christian God wants you to be? The thoughts we dwell on define our moments. Our moments are a gift from God. Only by His Spirit can we walk in Truth. Listed are a few Scripture verses to think on this January.
My goal was to read the Bible through in 60 days, but it has turned out that I have read 60% of the Bible in 60 days! So I will continue reading and aim to finish reading the remaining 40% of God’s Word in the next 60 days! I wish I had attempted this Bible Reading Challenge 60 long ago. It is helping me in many ways. A few include accountability, flexibility, discipline, schedule & priority awareness, listening, studying, and more. Try it! You’ll like it!
Am I living my life in vain? Am I living for the purposes God created me? Am I purposefully living? Is my life counting for Christ? What are your answers to these questions?