I have completed week three of reading the Bible in 90 days and am feeling amazed at how much easier it has been than I thought it would be. Yes, there have been hard parts and the readings are long but after 3 weeks, I've settled into a routine. On this past Friday, I needed to change my driver's license over to our new state and I instinctively grabbed the book I was reading for fun and a magazine. I realized quickly that my Bible needed to come first since I would be waiting during nap time, my normal reading time. So while at the Department of Motor Vehicles, waiting for forever, I read my Bible. That was the easiest and best wait I've had and the time flew by while I was immersed in God's Word. I was even able to read ahead a little which helped me stay on track on Sunday. We are now currently in 2nd Samuel. That means this week we finished Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1st Samuel. There are a lot of themes covered over those four books.
Joshua starts out with the phrase "be strong and courageous" or "be strong and of good courage" repeated over and over. I think God wanted to get his point across. He knew that the Israelites were going to need their strength and courage to settle into the promised land. It saddens me to read the book of Judges because the people kept making awful mistakes and falling away from God. The people would sin and turn away from the Lord, God would allow them to be oppressed, they would cry out to God for deliverance, and He would raise up a judge to rescue them. Over and over, God's faithfulness to an unfaithful people is demonstrated. Ruth is a beautiful story of redemption and commitment. I admire Ruth's courage to leave all that she knew and follow Naomi because I know I would have been like Orpah: too scared or unwilling to leave my family behind. Finally, 1st Samuel covers Hannah's obedience in giving her first born Samuel back to the Lord, Saul's disobedience, and the beginning of the story of David. Buddy's favorite Bible story right now is David and Goliath. I had to smile as I read that section in a non-picture Bible for the first time in a long time.
Each part of the Bible has had a different impact on me and I am looking forward to continuing in 2nd Samuel this week. I challenge each and every person has read this post to open their Bible and read. You may not be able to read it all in 90 days but start reading. God can reveal Himself to you in a new way!