In reading through the first five books of the Bible, I was reminded of the creative and incomparable way the Lord fashioned our universe out of sheer nothingness. The historical books reminded me of the Lord’s very clear instructions for His chosen people, and His continued grace and mercy to them when they failed. It also reminded me of our country, and the Lord’s longstanding patience with the American people.
In reading through the Psalms and Proverbs, I was reminded of the need for wisdom and discernment in my life. I was also reminded of my calling as a mother. Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes reminded me of what true love should look like, and what life can be like when consumed by vanity. The prophetic books pointed both to the past of Israel and the future of the Redeemer.
In reading through the Gospels, I was reminded of the miraculous birth, life, death, and resurrection of our Savior. I am astonished to think that His thirty-three years of a perfect life and His three days of the greatest sacrifice in the world could possibly be summed up in the first five books of the New Testament. Acts and Romans chronicle the birth and growth of the New Church, while the next several books teach lessons still beyond valuable to our current-day journeys of faith.
In reading through the book of Revelation, I was reminded that this battle is anything but over! The words of a favorite preacher played over and over in my mind as I read… “I’ve read the last chapter. We win in the end!” I may not totally understand and comprehend all of the prophecies of the “end times”, but I do without a doubt understand that Satan will be defeated, and all of God’s children will live with Him for all eternity. What a perfect hope to lean on as we travel through life on earth!
In case you didn’t notice, that was a very quick walk through the entire Bible… meaning that I made it through the entire Bible! It wasn’t quite the strong finish I had hoped for, since I was about a week behind most of the group. But I did make it through and am so happy to have accomplished this great task! A special thanks to Amy at Mom’s Toolbox for presenting and hosting this challenge for all of us! Amy is planning to start another reading group in July, so be sure to visit her if you are interested in joining in. It was not easy, and I won’t sugar coat that for you. But it was most definitely worth it to reading the Lord’s love letter to us, from cover to cover! I kept seeing from others on Twitter and in their blog posts phrases about how wonderful it was to finally see the BIG picture. I agree wholeheartedly! Even though I am so very familiar with the majority of the Word of God, it is a completely different experience to actually read through each and every page, in order, on a set schedule. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity, and most of all through the entire book, I was reminded of God’s amazing love! Hope you will join in next time as well!