Probably a couple dozen people said they planned to take the challenge. I’ve heard from several others later that had done the reading. Sunday night I took my own challenge. I was tired when I started. At about the halfway point I was getting sleepy. I changed positions twice to stay alert, but I stuck with it. It took me 55 minutes. I tell you how long it took me so you will not think that It’s like trying to jump over the moon. It’s very doable. It was not at my best nor doing my best reading. However, here is some of what I wrote Sunday night after reading:
My soul is full. I am more at peace at this moment than I’ve been in some while, though I know sometimes reading like this would leave me troubled and deeply convicted. I’m reminded of this word of Jesus, in John 15:John 15:3 (ESV) Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you
This is primarily talking about how the word of God is active in accomplishing the initial work of God of salvation in us. But it’s a phrase I haven’t dwelt heavily on. I heard my friend Brian White once say, reading the Bible is like taking a spiritual bath. I know that my sins are covered and are remembered no more, but right nowWould you try this? Think of the ways we squander time. What if God would do a new work in you simply through an extended time of reading his word! What if the breakthrough you’ve been longing for you or someone for whom you care deeply lies behind a new practice of extended reading time in the word of God?
iam experiencing that in real time! Often on Sunday evenings I’m fighting off tremendous discouragement. It is just a thing that most pastors I know wrestle with. But now I’m full of joy and hope.
I can’t promise that every time you
Matthew 7:7–8 (ESVYou’ve likely heard that the Greek verbs in these verses depict
)7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.