My internal body clock’s alarm went off as expected this morning and I arose from my rest to do what I’ve done so many times since I met Christ Jesus and He became Lord of my life: I read my Bible!
Early on in my Christian life, I was impressed upon by key people that being a reader and studier of Scripture should be a regular and vital part of my spiritual life if I was to grow to be a mature Christ-follower.
And so I’ve read and studied God’s Word, most usually using a Bible Reading Plan, to get a consistent overview of God’s Book, beginning in Genesis chapter one and reading diligently through until Revelation’s twenty-second chapter brings my yearly study to a close.
And when January 1st awakens me, I begin again!
Here are some of my favorite Bible verses:
Genesis 1-3 – Here’s how all that we know began. I especially like it when God speaks a word and amazing things happened!
The Book of Exodus – I love Moses’ story. But chapter 33: 12-23 stands out to me, for Moses, the leader of the people, asks God to be with him as he goes, and God promises to go with him. Every leader needs this kind of encounter with God and the assurance it brings!
Joshua 1: 7-9 reminds me of the importance of making God’s Word a living part of my life so that I will be successful in what God calls me to be and do: “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
The Book of Psalms has ministered to my soul so many times that I can’t choose a favorite chapter or verse; I love them all! But chapter 119 is especially poignant in its descriptions of the Word of God.
Isaiah 53 deeply moves me because it is the story of Jesus told long before His birth and crucifixion. Isaiah 61 is deeply significant to me for it is here that God used Isaiah’s words to call me to ministry!
I love the first four books of the New Testament – the Gospels – for here is the story of the coming, living, suffering, dying and rising again of my Lord, Jesus Christ. John 14 is one of my all-time favorite chapters!
The book of Romans challenges me, the letter to the Ephesians inspires me, the Book of James instructs me, and the Revelation warns and reminds me of the things that are to come.
I love the Bible and I want you to love it to, for it is God’s Love Letter to your soul and His instruction manual for your life. By reading it, you will receive an education that will serve you well to the very end of your days.
Read and love your Bible!
See you on Sunday for Part 3 of our Renovation: Hope for Your Marriage series!