Earlier this week I finished reading the complete Bible for the 73rd time. Some years ago I decided to set a long-range goal. I wanted to complete reading the Bible as many times as my age. I haven’t reached that goal yet but have started the 75th reading with the King James Version.
That number is correct for we are reading the Bible together every night and that is the 74th. We chose the New Century Version to use. It is a little simpler to understand and has many interesting sidelights and examples of how the principles can be applied to everyday life.
As I started to read in the KJV the names I’d written in the margins reminded me of a special challenge I received from the Lord many years ago, when I was in the CMI concert choir. I don’t remember what started that challenge, but when one of my friends there had terrible trouble when she tried to sleep, I told her I would put her on my prayer list. But when I went to write it down I felt a check. Instead, I was impressed to start a promise list. To do this I read the Psalms until I found a promise that would help her and wrote her name beside it. Then as often as I thought of her, I simply turned back to that verse, read it again and claimed it for her.
As I continue to read the Psalms today; I not only enjoy the memory but praise the Lord for all the results from that promise list. Some of the people have received their help by being in heaven now, where they are receiving blessings and joy, no longer needing the help they received on this earth. I rejoice at that even while missing their presence with us.
As the Lord continues to help me learn to use the many tools we have for sharing our thoughts with others; I feel a great responsibility to share the wealth of continuing to use the written word of the Lord as our foundation for learning.
Each time I read the Bible, I am blessed and often challenged by a verse or a thought that I have read or heard read many times before. Sometime a verse that I didn’t remember claims my thought. Perhaps a solution to a problem currently happening to someone important to me.
I realize the Lord’s timing is perfect! I might not have needed that verse the other times I read it, but it is very valuable on this very day! Praise the Lord!
For some reason I couldn’t find the way to get on this site to edit and write a blog from August until now. But listening to His voice instead of trying to find someone else to help didn’t happen until the 73rd reading of His word was completed. Then it finally registered that although I had complained long and often to many people, I hadn’t taken time to listen for His instruction. Should I comment, “Duh” here?
My King James Version of the Bible, which I started reading on Bill’s birthday has only 1280 pages. That means that keeping my immediate goal of reading only 7 pages per day I will be finished with this copy on April 21, 2015. and our nightly Bible reading should be completed on August 11, 2015. If I expand my reading time by only 15 minutes I could be done in half the time. Something for me to consider.
In reading the Psalms today I noticed that two of my currently close friends were named in the margins. I will soon take time to claim those verses which still are valuable to them. Then post them in my status.
Thank the Lord for showing me how that promise list can still bless many, including the ones who were original recipients.
How has the Lord blessed you recently? I’d love to have you share it with me!