Reading through the Bible: What I’ve Learned so Far Volume 1

I am reading through the Bible.  I have gotten 6.7% through it. I am doing a one-year chronological reading plan with the app YouVersion.
So far, I have read all of Genesis (and almost lost it with the family lineage of dear old Abraham, or was it Jacob?…probably both.  All those names I can’t pronounce get me). I have also read a passage of Psalms (which seemed out of place a bit, but I suppose it was historically discussing the time period of Genesis), and have started on Job.
Here is what I have learned so far:
-God does have a master plan.  Knowing where all of this is going (Jesus, the Redeemer), I can see the pieces falling into place.  It is like watching a movie after reading the spoilers.  Every detail makes sense.  My God is amazing that He works it all together.
-Speaking of working it all together, He can make good out of bad situations. Joseph sold into slavery by his brothers? Well, God made him the leader and deliverer of Egypt during a famine. Job loses everything? God can redeem that. It is beautiful.  God’s story really is all about making beauty from the ashes.
-God is with us.  If you believe in God, and you ask Him to be a part of your life, He is with you.  I can’t tell you how many times in just these 2 books of the Bible, that I read that God was with someone.  Some of my favorite mentions:
  • Gen 26:24 – Isaac is trying to keep his family safe as they travel and follow the Lord but nothing is working out for him  : “That night the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”
  • Gen. 31:6 – Jacob’s father-in-law isn’t so nice to him and isn’t keeping his promises.  However, he says to his wives (yes, too….the law allowed for multiple wives back then.) “I see that your father’s attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me.” I LOVE this one.  Even when people don’t treat me right, or situations don’t go my way, God is still with me.
  • Gen 35:3 – Jacob was following God’s instructions.  God told Jacob to go to this town and settle there and praise God there. So he told his family, “Get rid of foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes.  Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an alter to God, who has answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.”  
  • Jacob, who has a name change and is now called Israel, is dying but tells his son Joseph, “I am about to die, but God be with you and take you back to the land of your father.”  Basically telling him, that even though his earthly father is dying, his Heavenly Father is always with him.  Such a great reminder!  People may let us down.  They can’t live forever.  As much as I want everyone I love and depend on to be here with me forever, and provide everything I could ever want…they can’t.  But God will always be with me, leading me, guiding me, and loving me.
And so far in Job, I have learned that I had the wrong idea about Job. 
Job 1: 21
You always hear that Job lost it all and kept praising God.  Well, he did.  But he also lamented on and on and on about how he was in misery and wanted to die.  I’m not to the end of the book yet, but I can tell you this: good, encouraging, Christian friends are important.  Job’s friends come talk to him. They see he is suffering, but they encourage him that God hasn’t left him yet.  That he should pray to God and ask him to work a wonder in his life.  That God hasn’t forgotten him, and God isn’t cursing him.  I love the truth his friend tells Job after one of the “don’t be stupid, talk to God” speeches.  His buddy says “We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself.”  Tough love.  Gotta love that.  This is showing me the importance of having friends in my life who would be able and willing to tell me like it is when I need to hear it.
So that’s what I’ve learned so far.  I have been reading since July 14, so only 3 weeks.  But I’m loving reading God’s story.  It is my first time to read the whole story…so I can’t wait to see God moving in His word and in me as I read it!
Don’t know the love and redemption of God that I talked about?  I would love to chat with you about it.  God is real.  His love is real.  He loves us enough to save us from ourselves.  Our crazy human nature is nasty (seen the news lately?) and we deserve punishment.  But God extends grace and forgiveness to us if we only would take it.  Let me know if you want to know more.  I try to love and explain my faith while respecting others’ views and opinions, so let me know if ya want to talk!

Comments

  1. I have a study bible that I need to tackle, but I am interested in that app. I love Gen. 26:24; it reminds me of a hymn we sing in church called “You Are Mine”. Here are the lyrics if you’re not familiar with it — beautiful message. http://www.ap0s7le.com/list/song/404/David_Haas/You_Are_Mine/

  2. This is great! Thanks for sharing! So many of your points are things I know I have written in my journal since starting #shereadstruth a while back, but it’s great to see them as a reminder–I think it’s also a good point that those “lessons” are in the Bible multiple, MULTIPLE times, so that we’ll eventually catch on to what He is trying to tell us! Good Luck with the rest of your reading…sounds like that app is the way to go!

  3. Thank you for sharing! Didn’t know about the app but definitely going to check it out now. I’ve been trying to read through the bible for several months and I do great for awhile and then let my busy life take over. You just gave me the encouragement to start over. Thank you!

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