Monday, August 16, 2010

The Bible in 90 Days #36-42

Are you reading through the Bible in 90 Days?  This post is my thoughts on the daily readings from week 6.  My daughter Ashley is reading through the Bible using the same schedule – she is keeping her thoughts in a notebook, so that she has them to reflect back on later.  I’m drafting a new post each week, and come into it each morning to record my thoughts.  This method works for me.  How are you recording your progress and thoughts?

Bible-in-90-Days1 Day 36 – I’ve always found the book of Esther interesting.  Did you know it’s the only book of the Bible that contains no reference to God?  Why, then, is it included in Scripture?  I’m not sure.  But, I love that it teaches that God is fully in charge of our circumstances and surroundings and that we need to consider every situation in which we are placed as though we are there “for such a time as this”.  You just never know how God might use you!

This passage reminds me of the song by Wayne Watson, appropriately titled “For Such a Time as This” ===>

Today’s reading also started into the book of Job.  I just read Job recently, as I had attempted a through-the-Bible-in-a-year chronological schedule. I think Job is a tough book.  First of all, Job’s suffering is so much more than any of us can imagine – it really puts any suffering I may be going through into perspective.  Second, his friends are so deep in their speeches to him, that I find them draining.  Can you imagine having friends like that – that just drone on and on?  I’m afraid I’d have gotten lost and drifted off – not really listening to them. 

A few things stood out to me in today’s reading ===>

7:13 says “When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint,  . . .”

Since Sue passed away, I find myself wanting to sleep more.  I’m tired all the  time.  I think it’s a sign of depression.  I’m glad to see that Job felt the same way.  For one thing, misery loves company.  For another, it makes it seem more normal.

5:7 says “Yet man is born to trouble as surely as the sparks fly upward.”

I’m a big Anne of Green Gables fan and I can just hear Mrs. Harris (from the Anne of Avonlea movies) quoting this!  Sorry, I just had to add that in here. :)

Day 37 & Day 38 – Job --- not sure what else to say about this book.  I just find it hard to get through.  I’m glad that we accomplished it in 3 days, rather than 30. 

Day 39 - Day 42 – The past several days have been spent reading through the book of Psalms.  The Psalms are beautiful, but this is one area of the Bible that I think would be more meaningful read in smaller chunks at a time, rather than larger.  I feel as though I’m rushing through them, rather than soaking them in.  Many of them are familiar.  I think that, after the 90 Day reading is complete, I’ll come back and revisit the Psalms – maybe reading just one or two each day. 

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Jolanthe said...

I agree about Psalms. I've been chunking them out over the course of the first 30 days to help with that ~ and it has a lot!

Teresa Dawn said...

That's nice you are doing this with your daughter!!!

I didn't participate because I am on a different Bible reading schedule all ready. I'm now working through Isaiah, Luke & Romans. I love the book of Esther though :) It is one of my favourites. (Of course, I think that about a lot of the books, I also just love Deuteronomy, Ruth and many more)

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