I used to hate it when people quoted scripture. I felt quoting scripture was just another way for the holy people (not me) to keep the less than holy people (me) out of their tight, little circle.
I remember the first time I read the Gospel. I called my husband (then a sort-of-boyfriend-type) and asked him if he knew the exact story of Jesus’ life and crucifixion was written in four different books in the Bible. Surely, that was some kind of mistake.
Looking back, I realize that I didn't like scripture because I didn't understand it, and if you don't understand it, you certainly struggle to read it.
Years passed. I grew in my faith, but I didn’t grow in my love for reading the Bible. I remained a forced reader.
Then last January I started the One Year Bible. Yes, one year means I am almost finished reading THE ENTIRE BIBLE, people. Sorry, I didn’t mean to shout, but wow, what a big deal.
And here’s the amazing part, God knows (my gosh, He hears my whining daily) about my struggles and successes related to giving, and therefore He made stories and verses related to giving pop off the pages.
Verses moving me at this moment:
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. 2 Corinithians 8:12
Hello, the answer to one of my biggest questions (How am I supposed to give when I don’t have money?) summed up perfectly.
. . . If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Romans 12:20
So, fine. You know I like this verse because of the burning coals thing, but still great advice.
What about you? Are you a natural or forced Bible reader? Do you have a favorite verse or verse that describes your current life situation?