March 4, 2014

It Just Doesn’t Make Sense

I remember saying these very words over and over again when I first started reading my Bible. And honestly I spent days and months diligently reading and wondering if it ever would.

It was graduation recognition week {:2008:} at our church and I was being honored for graduating college. As a gift the church gave us a Bible. It was The Message Remix Pause Bible. This Bible is a bit different than a regular Bible. It is set up as a daily reading Bible. For six days a week you read some from the Old Testament and some from the New Testament. On the seventh day you reflect on what you’ve read.

When I got this Bible I was just starting to turn my life around and live for Jesus and for the first time I really had a desire to be in His Word.

I told our youth pastors that I was doing this and I remember one of them coming up and asking me how it was going. I told him I was following through on the reading plan but it just wasn’t making any sense. He just encouraged me to keep going and promised that one day it would. And, I did.

I stuck with it day in and day out even when more times than not I was simply reading words strung together on a page that seemed to have no meaning when put together. And certainly no application to my life.

I don’t know when it happened but as I was reading my Bible I realized I actually understood what it was saying and before long I understood it in a way that applied to my life {:without someone else telling me how it applied to my life:}.

Today I have had multiple opportunities to teach the Bible to others. This isn’t a statement to brag whatsoever, it is simply to show what God can do when you obediently read His Word even when it doesn’t make sense.

God rewards obedience. If you are curious and hungry and want to get into the Word but don’t know where to start, just dive in and God will meet you there. The pieces may not all come together today or tomorrow, but some time from now you could be looking back on it all and writing a post about it :}

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