Monday, January 31, 2011

Week 4 of Reading the Bible in 90 Days

The Bible in 90 Days Participant's Guide: An Extraordinary Experience with the Word of GodWeek four of reading the Bible in 90 days is officially over.  It was a tough week of reading through 2nd Samuel, 1st Kings, and 2nd Kings.  King David, the man after God's own heart, reigned yet he still messed up with Bathsheba.  I don't know what must have been going through Bathsheba's mind as she must have realized how David covered up their affair.  He had her husband killed yet she still became his wife. 

Reading 1st and 2nd Kings was hard.  Keeping track of the different kings of Israel and Judah was a challenge but main theme of these books was how people fail.  I couldn't help but be amazed at how God didn't just destroy the nation and start over.  A few of the kings were decent and tried to lead the people in following the Law but they didn't remove the high places.  The high places were where the idols were worshipped and, by not completely destroying those places, the kings were in a way condoning idol worship. 

I can't help but wonder after reading about these high places, how many "high places" I have in my life.  Here the people are trying to worship God and they had to be distracted by the idols in their peripheral vision.  What distracts me from worshipping wholeheartedly?  What do I need to tear down to completely follow Christ?  These are the questions that I have been dwelling on this week.  Maybe we all should look for the high places and start tearing them down and focus on the One True God.

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