I just finished reading an amazing book.
Oh, I’ve read lots of parts of it over the years, even memorized sections of it, but this time I read the whole thing. Cover to cover. Verse by verse. Chapter by chapter. Books within the book.
It took three months*, but I don’t think I’ll ever look at my life the same again.
There were stories of battles and blessings, victories and defeats, good people and evil ones. There were instructions and promises, words of encouragement and admonition, tales of testings and trials, calls for obedience and faith.
But mostly, it was about hope.
Hope in a God who created all things, and hope in a Savior who redeems all things. And that hope becomes amazingly evident when seen through the eyes of history, when one realizes God has been at work from the beginning, and He is still at work in our lives today.
He’s at work in my life today.
And so, I am grateful that I read the Book all the way through. It has made me see the big picture, it has drawn me closer to the One who wrote it, it has changed my perspective and increased my faith.
It was a good book. A perfect book. It’s really the only Book I’ll ever need.
I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word. Psalm 119:16
Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom… Colossians 3:16
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
*I used the “Bible in 90 Days” reading plan. I highly recommend it! You can use whatever version you are comfortable with. Let me know if you do it! I’ll be praying for you. Here’s a link to a bookmark with the reading plan: http://www.haventoday.org/bookmark.pdf