Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
I know, I know . . . It's a bit early to be talking about Lent. After all, it doesn't begin until February 13th. But, I want to share with you a discipline for the season on which I've already embarked.
Reading the Bible from beginning to end. Something I've never done. Something I never thought I could or would do.
Until now . . .
The book, 66 Love Letters, arrives as a Christmas present from Danny's sister and brother-in-law. I am ecstatic! Pastor Wallace has referred to this book in several sermons. It's an invitation to enter God's love story to us from Him through through all 66 books of the Bible.
To find the part my life plays in those stories, not just then, but in the here and now.
To discover God's Word in a fresh and meaningful way.
To walk hand-in-hand with Him, knowing how much He loves me. Loves us.
The author, Dr. Larry Crabb, strongly suggests in his introduction to read these love letters slowly. Otherwise, there is just too much one could miss.
So, this is how I'm tackling the discipline:
- Reading the book chapter - Praying that God opens my heart.
- Reading the corresponding Bible chapter - Praying that God opens my mind.
- Re-reading the book chapter - Praying that God anoint my spirit.
I've already embarked on this study. I'm certain I will still be at it when the 40 days of Lent have passed. Yes, it will take time, but it's time most worthily spent.
And, I can't think of a better journey to be on.
This journey of love with my Lord . . .
Have you chosen a Lenten discipline for the coming season?
Will you pray with me?
Help us, Father, to study Your Word, Your love letters for us, that we might come to know You in a deeper way. Show us how our life stories weave with Yours. May we be ever mindful of Your mighty power to save. Amen.