I recently and very accidentally discovered a way to read the Bible that is so powerful and so much fun.
I have been in a season of feeling called by God to seek out what He has next for me and our family, yet not receiving a great deal of clarity on what that is. And as I was reading in the Old Testament the other day, I happened to be reading the story of Abraham.
Genesis 12:1-4a says: The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed…
After a little more research, I realized that these promises didn’t come true until over 500 and 600 years later when Abraham wasn’t even alive!
And suddenly I was encouraged. I felt a sense of peace, knowing that God might not show me everything in front of me and that’s okay. He just asks that I take steps forward when He calls me to. Abraham didn’t see what God was going to do in his life and the life of his descendants, in fact he never saw it. But he was obedient and moved forward in faith when God called him to.
And that was exactly what I needed to hear.
After realizing this, I began thinking about all the incredible stories and people in the Bible. Granted they are powerful in any situation (you know, being the Word of God and all) but then I began thinking how I wonder if these accounts could offer even more insight, wisdom, power, truth, encouragement, and challenge when they are read by somebody going through a very similar situation.
I was in a season of sensing God to ask me to move forward by faith and not by sight, just like Abraham. And by reading his story, it spoke to me in a way that was so fresh and powerful, like God was speaking directly to me through Abraham.
So I started thinking about all the accounts in Scripture that could offer such power and hope when read by someone going through the same thing. The Bible is full of so much wisdom and sometimes the power of story is what speaks most powerfully. Just like Jesus telling parables, the way a story can speak to us can be more impactful than anything else, especially when the story is true!
So if you’re stuck on what to read in the Bible, try reading an account about someone in a similar season of life as you.
Uncertain future – Abraham
Pain – Job
In love – Song of Songs
Doubt – Psalm 77
Temped – Jesus in the desert
Passionate – Paul
And these are just a few examples. There are many, many more stories and people and moments that might be exactly where we find ourselves at a moment in time that God can use to speak directly to us.
There are so many great ways to experience God’s Word, this way just spoke to me in a moment that I needed it.
If it doesn’t work for you, I usually go with the flip-through-the-Bible-and-randomly-point-at-a-verse technique which is kinds of hit or miss (usually miss).