"Let not the wise man
glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man
glory in his might,
Nor let the rich glory
in his riches;
But let him who glories
glory in this,
That he understands and
That I am the LORD,
righteousness in the
For in these I delight,"
says the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23,24
It's hard reading through the major prophets of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Sometimes it does feel like I'm slogging though it...but then I come across verses that help me tie the hard things together, or they make me feel like I need to go back over the chapters I just finished and contemplate them.
Just flipping through the pages and finding these verses and hoping they make sense can be a hit and miss thing. Of course there are places where verses are set apart and easy to see from the other verses like this one in poetry form, but it would not have meant as much to me - if I hadn't read the tough chapters before it.
Reading through the Bible is kind of like going on a long trip. Sometimes the road is easy, and sometimes it's hard. There are times of great interest, yet passing by those, the road can feel boring and you have to fight to keep from falling asleep. You know you need to take a break. At all times one must be alert.
When traveling take time to stop at the lookouts. Breath deep. Relax a bit and take in the beauty.
The same is true with reading though the Bible. Take time to do some historical research on the book, look up a word's meaning, dig a little deeper into some parallel passages, maybe underline the verses that meant so much to you. What do you do to get past that slogging feeling?
Coming across the verses that make you learn a little more of the character of God are like those scenic turnout for me. It's a time to Breath deep, relax and take in the beauty and think...What does He like? What does He not like? What does He desire?
If you've never read though the Bible why not start today? It's quite a journey, but an awesome one.