When I read interesting things in the Bible, I love to share. The gem I’ve recently unearthed deals with Ruth, King David, and King Solomon. Three well-known characters.
Their stories take place in the Old Testament. The Old Testament, for the most part, deals with God’s chosen people- the Jews.
The Gentiles, aka us Christians, don’t get formally invited to join the party until the New Testament. (Thanks, Jesus!)
King David was a Jew. King Solomon was also a Jew. Both are the most renowned Jewish kings in history.
I’ve been going back and forth in my mind. Wondering whether or not to share this post.
The reason is today I experienced something so raw that to share would be to cheapen the event. However, I truly believe vulnerable moments are the most powerful.
So I’ll share with the purest of intents.
I went to Bible Study today and heard someone in our Church had died. I didn’t know the person. Though the event was tragic, it didn’t affect me as deeply as it would if I could put a face to the name.
What broke my heart. What still sends pangs of pain in my soul was the way it affected my Bible Study teacher. She is a devout and faithful woman of God. A sincere soul who I admire with every part of my being.
There she was. The sweet matriarch of our Church and our Bible Study. Always there with a kind word, helpful hand, and open heart to anyone in need.
Read Genesis 12:1 – 22:1
- After this, the word of the Lord cam to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)
- Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6)
- “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14)
- God isn’t opposed to being asked questions as long as we believe His answers.
- God values obedience and faith.
- God is Almighty.
- Nothing is too hard for the Lord.
- God grants requests.
- God is against adultery.
- God keeps His promises.
Read Genesis 4:27 – 12
- God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.” (Genesis 6:12-13)
- But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” (Genesis 11:5-6)
- God does not like violence.
- God protects His people.
Read Genesis 1:1 – Genesis 4:26
- And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.
- If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.
- God created everything.
- Sin is disobedience to God.
- Satan lies to and opposes mankind.
- God favors sincere generous offerings.
Bible Study Guides
The 40-Day Bible Adventure: A Fascinating Journey to Understanding God’s Word
By Christopher D. Hudson
Know Your Bible Illustrated
By Paul Kent
Pocket Bible Handbook
By George W. Knight
Ultimate Bible Guide: A Complete Walk-Through of All 66 Books of the Bible
Devoted: 365 Days of Encouragement for Your Walk with the Lord
The Leadership Excellence Devotional
By Pat Williams with Jim Denney
One-Minute Inspirations for Women
By Elizabeth George
The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book
By Dr. David Jeremiah
For the past week, I was both angry and depressed. I didn’t understand how despite all the progress I made in my faith (and in life in general), I was still subject to the same sh*t that had me a wreck last year.
Christianity is the hardest lifestyle anyone could choose. I considered giving it up more than a few times. What’s the point of praying, going to Church, and reading the Bible if nothing has changed?
Quitting would be too convenient, though. One thing I learned from my old days is:
If your fix stops working, don’t give up. Get more.
After much prayer and deliberation, I realized a lot has actually changed.