I’ve completed a month of sprinting already! I can’t believe how quickly this month has gone by…September 1st doesn’t seem like it was that long ago! And while I fell behind more than I care to admit, I am back on track and all caught up with my turbo-speed read through of the Bible. I love that Katy and I have been able to digest, marinate, and process all that we are learning whether challenging or encouraging. And it has been such a blessing to see how many other people have joined in this whirlwind endeavor!
So, what have I learned?
- God tirelessly pursues His people whether they are faithful or sinful. When the Israelites walked away from God, the Bible tells us that He sent messengers telling His people to repent from their ways. He doesn’t write off His people or abandon them despite their faithlessness. He continually calls to them to return to Him.
- God always has an end game in mind. He always guides His people to their final destination. He plays at the 50,000 foot level whereas we operate at the 5 foot level. Take Joseph, for example. When his brothers sold him and he went to Egypt and then was in prison for three years, do you think he had any idea the purpose of those hardships? But God knew what He was doing. He knew Joseph would basically rule the world (he was second only to Pharaoh). It’s not like Joseph’s circumstances surprised God and He had to re-strategize…God knew the whole time!
- I’m also noticing how incredibly illogical God is. Imagine if the President announced that in order to defeat our enemies, we would all need to gather trumpets, walk around the country 7 times, then yell, and the country will crumble. Flawless plan, right? Yea, I think I would have stayed home. Or how about choosing 300 warriors to face your enemies based solely on how they drink water? God uses strange, seemingly impossible, and crazy situations to show Himself to His people and their foes. Reading situations like this over and over helps build my trust that God isn’t done with me yet.
- God is BIG! He’s bigger than my worries, my fears, my hopes, my dreams, my ambitions. He takes ordinary and makes extraordinary. How about Esther? An ordinary Jewish girl saved her people from destruction because God was with her…because God had a purpose for her.
- God is steadfast love. The version I’m using for this Bible in 90 days is the ESV and the phrase ‘steadfast love’ pops up all the time. In the ESV, this phrase shows up over 200 times. I need to engrave this on my heart, ‘My Father has steadfast love for me’. And each time I read it, the phrase is carved deeper into my the soft, secret parts of my heart.
What has He been teaching you?