Well, Praise the Lord! I finished reading the Bible through again in 2021… Have read it through every year since age 17… Now I’m 74. Has been a tremendous blessing in my life… “The Bible is my all-sufficient guide for faith [my relationship with God] and daily living!”
So it just seemed appropriate today to give five (5) brief observations from my journaling – one for each passage I read today as I finished reading the Bible through – a part of the “Necessary Food Bible Reading Plan” I developed a number of years ago… (An observation from the Old Testament Historical Books, Biblical poetry, the prophets and Revelation, the Gospels and Acts, as well as the epistles).
I sought to focus on devotional observations appropriate as we leave 2021 and enter the New Year…
From the OT historical books… I finished reading Esther and was overwhelmed with the truth that regardless of opposition, danger and circumstances, God is sovereign and has the ability to turn what appears to be bad (even fatal) into blessing!
From Biblical poetry… Sharon and I will have been married for 54 years on May 12. She is a wonderful wife, and daily I am seeking to be a devoted and loving husband. We’ve been through a lot together as many of you know. I don’t know how many years we will ultimately have together… but I know this: “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it! If a person would give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly condemned!” (Song of Solomon 8:7)
From prophecy (the book of Revelation)… “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with me… the Spirit and the bride say ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ … Surely I am coming quickly! AMEN! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (from Revelation 22)
And from Acts (NT historical books)… Apostle Paul is in Rome, imprisoned and in chains but continuing to serve the Lord, regardless of circumstances, with the gospel! “Paul received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence!” Paul you are my spiritual hero! Faithful regardless!
And then this wonderful benediction and doxology (and word of assurance) from the epistles – the little book of Jude: “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy – to God our Savior, who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever! AMEN!!!” (Jude 24-25) He has brought us though this year and years before it – He will “keep us” bring us through “faultless” regardless of what lies ahead!
Have a God-blessed New Year! (I’m starting through the Bible again tomorrow! … Gonna be GOOD!”)