This year I have been reading through the Bible with a group of friends and meeting every couple of weeks to discuss it. I'm not going to lie. Reading through some parts of the Old Testament is brutal... so much bloodshed... so many barbaric practices. Thankfully, our reading has been broken up by alternating between Old and New Testament books. So every time I start to feel a little disillusioned, I get to read about Jesus and how He made a new way and fulfills all the law. As difficult as some parts of it has been, it's been so GOOD reading the full scope of God's story. Everything is there for a reason. Some details and stories take a little digging to unearth their purpose, but usually with study and dialogue with friends, we're able to find it.
I recently read something from one of my kids' devotional books that helped and stuck with me. It talked about how we must study what's TRUE in order to know what is a LIE. Here's the excerpt from I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God.
There are so many lies in the world. Opinions, beliefs, perceptions and propaganda. Subtly, it can all work its way into our minds until we slowly conform to the mold of the culture. It's just like when Satan asked Eve in Genesis... "Did God really say...?" He presents half-truths and twists them so that black and white give way to gray. But THAT is exactly why we must study what's true! We won't know what's a lie until we know for sure what's not. Even some widely held beliefs and clichés Christians throw around can't be backed by the true Word of God. But we won't know that unless we read it.
I am really enjoying going through I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God with my girls. This devotional book includes Bible stories, devotions and prayers about the names of God. Most of us know some of the names of God... "Jehovah" and "Immanuel" are examples of ones that are well known. But there are so many more! Each devotion in this book tells a Bible story and explains one of the names of God. For example, the excerpt above was focused on the name of God -- "El Emeth." Ever heard of it? I hadn't until I read this devotion. It means "God of Truth." I am learning just as much as my girls as we go through these readings together. Each name and story gives us one more reason why we can trust God. In the midst of a gray, shifting, and sometimes conniving culture, God is steady and true. And there are at least 40 reasons we can trust Him!
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