Welcome to the Bible reading challenge summary for the first week of May! I’m excited to share this “From hurting to healing Bible reading challenge summary”… because we now have a sweet new environment for web reading, thanks to Moritz Fine Designs! My prayer is that the changes we’ve worked to make over the last few days are going to benefit you greatly! More on that later, let’s get going!
Each of the passages in this challenge is a reminder that God loves us and longs to be close to each of us individually. Relationship is what God wants with us, not religion.
Has your heart been broken or your spirit crushed? The Lord is near to you and verse 18 is a promise you can hold close to your heart:
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
While we know that Jesus is with us, sometimes I think we forget that he is the healer. We start to see hope and cling to it, but sometimes we pull the scabs off our own wounds and reopen them after they begin to heal. You may have been wounded by someone else or you could have inflicted the wound on yourself. Either way, Jesus is the healer. Come to him. Rest in him.
I Peter 4:8-19
We often lose strength because of our role. Peter instructs us to remember that it doesn’t matter the role. You could be making executive appointments…changing diapers… Waiting on tables… Taking customer service phone calls… Making beds… Chaperoning a field trip… Baking treats… Grading papers… Answering voicemail… Returning email. It is not the activity or how much activity but remembering God is our strength!
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. vv. 10&11
Moving from hurting to healing requires a distinct choice. Many times we think we have to be healed before we can help anyone else. And certainly, God gives us seasons of rest to help us heal! But I’ve found that the secret to speeding the healing process is making the choice to begin serving the people God has given us right where we are.
I wonder what Isaiah’s voice sounded like. Whether he was a deep bass or had a quiet mellow tone. Either way, I would have loved to hear the conviction in his voice…”there are no broken hearts Jesus cannot heal….there is no addiction, no slavery, no sin that can keep you from experiencing freedom in Christ. Not one of your prisons, whether tangible or intangible, is so strong that he cannot break it wide open.” Isaiah’s message still rings true today.
When David wrote this psalm, he didn’t pull any punches. His gut-wrenching honesty with God is a beautiful example for us. In today’s world of specialists and experts, we often feel like anything short of perfection is utter failure. When we mess up, Christ makes it up.
I hope you’ll continue to read along with us this month! You can find the reading plan here and save it to your smartphone or download the pdf to print and share.
Sorry for the delay in posting! We have some new exciting posts coming up this week; can’t wait to share.
Have a super Saturday!