I have tried a few times to read the Bible all the way through, but I never get past the book of Genesis. For those of you not familiar with the Bible, that’s the very first book, so clearly I didn’t get very far.
This year I decided to try again, but for reals this time. Technically, I am following the Historical Plan by Blue Letter Bible, which follows the order that the books were written in, rather than the order the books were put together in the Bible. Each day is two to three chapters, but I don’t hold myself to the daily required readings. Instead I read as much as I feel called to, sometimes that is only a chapter, sometimes it is almost a whole book, but I don’t read every day. I want my reading to sink in, and I don’t want to feel as though I need to rush through it in order to check off items on a list.
I just finished the book of Numbers, and I already feel as though I have learned so much. The Old Testament is not the most exciting, especially the chapters are list of names upon names, but it is still God’s Word. And though I have learned many things about God’s love so far, there is one thing that stands out to me.
God does not give us rules so that He can punish us when we break them. He gives us rules so that we know how to please Him. God does not set us up for failure, He wants us to succeed and to draw close to Him.
The Old Testament is not always the easiest reading, and it is not always easy to see God’s love when sometimes it seems as though He is just smiting everyone. But God is love. And He loves us. And He does not want us to be apart from Him, and He will always be there for us.