About 6 months ago, I was going through the minister line and told the minister who had the sermon, "Thanks for the challenge." and told him to continue to challenge me. Well, that he did.
He asked me if I had ever read through the entire Bible in a year.
Well, no I hadn't. In a later sermon, he hit the topic, saying, "The Bible is the most important book you will ever read- the inspired WORD OF GOD." Why wouldn't we take the time to read the whole thing? We read other books, newspapers, magazines, etc... to no avail.... yet some of us haven't even read through the whole Bible?
So his challenge to me was to read through the entire Bible. I got right one it. When I got home, I found a read-through-the-bible-in-one-year plan and I LOVE it. Every Monday, I read about the Law, every Tues about history, every Wed a Psalm, every Thurs poetry, every Fri Prophecy, Sat is Gospels, and Sunday are the Epistles. I get a taste of something new every day but it still keeps me going in order through the books, just moreso on a weekly basis.
ANYWAY, I have been doing that. I have to say that is has been a struggle sometimes trying to keep caught up on it, but it helps me tremendously in always having that devotion time with God, even if I have to get caught up a few days.
Last night was one of those nights where I had to get "caught up." I was assigned to read Proverbs 8-9, and I ended up reading a favorite verse of mine lately, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." It's an easy one to memorize so I decided to do it. But isn't that an AMAZING verse?
That's not all. I had pulled out a notebook I used to write notes in the year 2000 and was reading through some of them, and out falls a piece of scratch paper with some random numbers and letters on it. Probably a password to something. I flip it over and it ends up it is a piece of paper from one of those calendar flip things. It was from August 1998 and the verse written on it was none other than Proverbs 9:10.
Wow, I thought. I think it was then that I decided to memorize the verse and hide it away in my heart... obviously God wanted me to know it well!
It's a simple verse, but when you really think about it and break it apart, it's great instruction.
I looked up fear, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Words we know, yet it's sometimes helpful to define the obvious in order to find the real meaning of things.