Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Boring Parts

Since I began to dive back into the Word of God a few years ago, I have read through the entire Bible twice and currently am working on my third time.  I also grew up in church and know all of the Bible stories taught in Sunday School as well as read through the Bible several times while in Missionettes.  So I know what is in the Bible.

As I have been reading in the Old Testament recently, some of the chapters can be a bit boring.  Now don't stone me, I told God how I felt, He knows.  So and so had so and so.  So and so was from this tribe or that tribe.  The building was made this way.

It can be easy to skim over the parts that are boring.  It is also easy to skim the parts that I know.  I mean, I know the stories of Noah and David and Goliath inside and out, right?  Why read it again?

But the truth is, God's Word is alive.  Every time I read, it is the same, yet different.  God reveals different parts to us at different times.  Skimming the Bible makes me think of skimming on a workout.  You do benefit from barely working out, but why not get the whole effect?  Why not really workout and experience everything working out can offer?  Why skim the Bible?  God shows us something every single time we read.  Why not really read every word and experience all God can offer?

"For the Word of God is alive and active..."  Hebrews 4:12

When we read the Bible, we need to first pray asking God to reveal to us what He wants us to see.  Then read each and every word.  Do not skim, do not skip.  Get the full benefit.

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  1. So true ~ God reveals His truth to us new and afresh in His good timing. Many blessings :)

  2. This year Wayne and I are reading through the New Testament together. It's a great way to grow closer to Christ and to each other.
    Have a great day friend!

  3. I often have that problem, if it doesn't hold my interest, I tend to skip over it...good post!

  4. I have often been amazed at how I can read the same story over and over, and discover something new each time. Great Post!

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  5. Sometimes, what we see as the boring parts are really the parts that God desires for us to dig deeper and get more out of...there's ALWAYS something more to be learned in God's word. Great post ;)

  6. There is always something new to be learned from reading the Word of God. Great encouragement to read every word.

    Many blessings!

  7. I hear you, Jenifer. I have read it through more times than I can count, but because it is alive I learn something new pretty much every day. And when I am reading through who begat who, I am aware of how much God is interested in DETAILS. Yikes, that would mean that He is interested in the details of my life, too. Details matter to God. I am amazed at Him, again and again.
    Hugs, Cindy

  8. I especially have a hard time reading through the Levitical laws, but it certainly makes me even more thankful for Jesus and His saving grace.

    I am reading through the Bible chronologically this year - something I've not done before. You are right, God's word is alive and all scripture is profitable to us.


  9. When I would read the bible to my daughter when she was younger she would often say to me "Mom, I heard this one already". I had no idea how to explain to her that this was not a book you just read once. Not a "been there done that" kinda thing.


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