Where I am at…

A Little Perspective
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I have joined with several other ladies in a pledge to read the Bible in 90 days (you can learn more about it here).  Today is day five.  I wanted to share some of my thoughts from what I have read so far.  It is truly amazing what God can lay on your heart when you are open to listening.

First of all, I have to admit that the first five books of the Bible have never been on my preferred reading list.  The list of who is the father of who and how long they lived can just get boring with a capital B.  One of the reasons I think that this format is going to be successful for me is because the reading is on a deadline.  My type A personality thrives on deadlines so knowing that I have to read through a certain chapter by midnight tonight to be on track is very motivating and gets me through the begats.

The other reason the Old Testament can get kind of heavy for me is because I have such internal turmoil trying to reconcile the God that inspires fear, demands blood sacrifice and encourages war to the God that I know today.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe they are the same but reading through the Old Testament makes me that much more grateful for the gift Christ gave us through His death on the cross.  All the legalism from the Old Testament was washed away with His blood and for that I am so thankful.

On to the reading and my thoughts:

I enjoy the creation story.  It is beyond my capacity to fathom that God created all that I see out of nothing.  What a mighty God we serve!

The story of Joseph is one of my favorite in the Bible.  Joseph was such a fine example of a man who persevered under difficult circumstances and did the right thing, whether it was popular or not.

The biggest lesson I learned from Joseph’s story is that if you give up, you may miss out.

Joseph had so many opportunities to give up, to say what people wanted him to say, to allow bitterness and hatred to take up residence in his heart.  But, he chose love, he chose obedience, he chose to trust in the path God had for him.

And imagine what he would have missed out on had he given up and given in to all the negativity that surrounded him.  His own family sold him, he was falsely accused, imprisoned…yet, his inner strength and character always triumphed in the end.  And he was rewarded (here on this earth and I am sure in heaven as well) God ALWAYS came through for Joseph.  What a testimony!

As you can see, Joseph’s story is the one that has really hit home with me in the first few days of the reading.  I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me in the upcoming weeks.

Are you taking the challenge?  Is there a particular story God has used to touch your heart?  Please share in the comments!

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Comments

  1. I too was really struck by how drawn-out Joseph’s story was and that he had some really BAD days before he got to the fabulous ones…great reminder for persistence!

    Happy Reading!

  2. Love the Old Testament and the weaving of that Scarlet thread. I’m teaching my youngest how everything in the Old Testament points to Christ, the Messiah. This morning when reading Jonah, it clicked for him. “Oh, three days in the belly of a fish like Jesus was three days in the tomb…” Yes.

    Thanks for sharing this.

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