One Writer’s Musings on Reading the Bible
Some time ago, I read of a woman who read through the Bible for each of her children, praying over each and writing notes as she read (Today’s Christian Woman). I loved that idea and took on that challenge.
What has happened as I have read?
Following a three-year reading plan from The Student Bible (NIV), I am nearly done with my fifth read of the entire Bible. I’ve read different translations each time, along with the concordance. As I have grown and my life experiences have changed, the words affected me differently each time I read,
Many times, through my readings in just where I happened to be in my reading that day, I feel as though God is directly speaking to me or answering a question. Recently it’s been strange how much the words relate to what I have been going through. The book of Proverbs is powerful. Here is what I read TODAY:
A troublemaker and a villain
who goes about with a corrupt mouth
who winks maliciously with his eye,
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,
who plots evil with deceit in his heart–
he always stirs up conflict.
Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed–without remedy.
There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
-Proverbs 6:12-19 NIV
My daily prayer for the suffering:
Please God, be with all those who are suffering, especially the children, and all who suffer helplessly at the hands of man. May you send your strongest angels to provide for them, may their suffering be short and your justice swift. Amen.
A prayer for our government:
My heart is breaking at what is going on in the world around me. And I wanted to share what I read recently, and you may find your spirit moved by the words yourself. Wherever you are, know that God is with you. You are not alone. There is power in prayer. There is power in the Word of God. With God for you, who can be against?
Dear God, please be with those in authority, give them wisdom and discernment, to help them lead as you would want. I pray for strength and boldness in the faith of injustice everywhere. I give thanks and praise for the freedoms we have in America that we take for granted, such as the freedom to worship and the freedom of speech.