Reading God’s Story

September 28, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Reading God's StoryEvening came and then morning: the first day.

Genesis 1:5

God has given me another opportunity to read all the way through the Bible in a year. I completed this task in 2011 by reading from Genesis to Revelation. This time around, I get to read through the Bible chronologically. It will take 52-weeks, but I don’t have to do it alone like I did the first time around. Many women at my church will be doing the same reading together. We will meet once a week in small groups to discuss our reading and encourage one another in the Lord.

I have to confess my initial reluctance at this opportunity. I’m not sure why, but I know that going into the first day’s reading, I was dragging my feet spiritually. I confessed this to God and asked Him to open my eyes and heart to a deeper understanding of Him. I felt some peace beginning Genesis 1-2 after I prayed.

I have probably read Genesis 1-2 at least 20 times because I taught on it several months ago in my small group. But when I read this morning, it was like I read it for the very first time. It came alive with fresh meaning and insights I had never seen before! I praised God for His goodness toward me. I surrendered this new endeavor to Him. With His help, I will cooperate and enjoy all the wonderful things He has for me in the time I spend reading through the Bible again.

“Evening came and then morning.” God says it six times in Genesis 1. The darkness comes before the light. But the light will come. And it will shine brightly in the darkness. It will bring sight and understanding and wonder to all it illuminates. God’s Word does exactly the same thing for us.

 By Courtney Silberman

Are you interested in joining me this year? If so, there are many different reading plans to choose from. The one I’m doing is called Reading God’s Story. You can learn more about it by clicking here. You can also email me with any questions you have at courtney@encouragedinchrist.org.

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