The Sunday blog posts that I write are about my struggles in trying to live the life that I think God wants me to live. They are also about trying to understand the word of God and how that can be a struggle. I post about these things because I think that others might have the same issues. I know that at times I will find myself smiling or shaking my head in agreement with others because I don’t have a clue about what they are talking about.
Have you ever found yourself thinking that about the Bible? I try to understand and process what I have read but I will just be honest and say that MOST of the time I don’t have a clue. I end up depending upon others who are scholars and preachers to point me in the right direction and tell me what the “back story” is to the whole scene.
I recently came upon this simple little devotional book. When I say simple, I really mean simple. Think a children’s Bible and a normal adult Bible and blend the two. This devotional is going through the Bible in chronological order starting with the creation. Maybe you already have a good grasp on how everything happened but I’ll be honest, even though I know all the stories I had problems with keeping it all straight in my mind.
I find myself waking up every morning and hurrying to go to the next story. Everyone is coming to life and I am doing more research and reading in the Bible than I have done in a long time. All because of a simplified version that I could understand. Isn’t that the way of it sometimes? When something is complicated or hard to comprehend we just shut down instead of trying to get to the bottom.
I just finished reading about the Arc of the Covenant in Exodus 25-27. The Lord gives very detailed instructions about what He wants to be built and why. The first thing that came to my mind when I was reading this was the movie, Raiders of the Lost Arc. Don’t laugh when I tell you that I had no idea what the movie was really looking for. After reading this description about all of the gold that the Lord wanted the Arc to be made from I understand why they were looking for it.
My point is this; going back to a basic and simplified version when you don’t understand is a great way to start. Feeling like you are not smart enough to understand everything can be depressing. But just remember this, it takes years and years and years of studying every day for preachers and scholars to understand the Bible. Show yourself a little Grace because I know the Lord will.
In case you are wondering, the name of the book that I am reading is called Seamless, Understanding the Bible as one complete story, by Angie Smith.
Have A Blessed Day!