I’m a crazy fool reader. Shamelessly addicted to books.
It seems that reading is as ingrained in my genetic makeup as my giraffe neck.
A little more advantageous than the neck though.
I remember in college, one of my dates brought along a book he thought I might enjoy. Poor guy had not a clue what a mistake that was going to be. Instead of being impressed with his thoughtfulness, I was engrossed in the book. Can’t even remember a thing about the date. I remember the book… 22 years later.
I guess some would consider me to be the quiet mousy person in the corner. The one who doesn’t draw much attention. I’m ok with that. Really. Because, secretly, I’m a ninja warrior. At least when it comes to learning.
Every time I drive past the kickboxing gym, I think: “I could do that.”
Inside, I’m wickedly aggressive at one thing: learning.
If there is any cause for aggression, let it be to learn.
Perhaps you are like me and love to read. Maybe you’re not and right now you think I’m crazy. Either way, there is one book that I can recommend for every stage of life.
In sickness and health.
Through divorce and marriage.
Travelling disappointment and heartache.
Suffering from emotional pain.
Around the world. In the country or in the city.
Above all other books, might I encourage you to pick up and read
God’s Word- the Bible.
In Joshua 8, a wonderful story of God’s deliverance jumps off the page. The children of Israel are doubting God; after all He has provided through the forty years of wandering in the wilderness, they doubt and are afraid of the city of Ai. Though their experience with God has been personal and real, they question their next step of taking over this city.
The very first verse of the chapter begins with God telling them not to be afraid. Though the enemy looks fierce, God has delivered this people and land to them. So, in pure obedience, Joshua lifts his spear and God delivers His promise- the battle is won through a strategy that none might have guessed. (But that is for a different post. )
At the end of the battle, the last verse of the chapter ends with:
Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses—just as it is written in the Book of the Law.There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel, including the women and children, and the aliens who lived among them.
Isn’t it interesting that they sat down and paused for this reading AFTER the battle?
To emphasize the importance of obedience to God, Joshua was reiterating the point to the people:
To understand what God just did and wants to do in the future, we must read His Word.
Are you frustrated with circumstances in your life?
Clarity will come when you read the Bible. Perhaps not immediately, but as you become shamelessly addicted to Him, God’s promise is that He will reveal Himself to you.
Can you share with me a time that God’s Word met you on the page and confirmed God’s work in your heart?