Many times we feel like we are living this life alone. Our journey of faith becomes discouraging, confusing and at times empty. We ask God for guidance…talk to friends…or read 3 minute devotionals. But we do not have any breakthroughs, and the will of God remains a mystery. The Apostle Paul gives us a remedy to this dilemma.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1(NLT)
Learn From The Stories of God’s People
Many years ago I heard a pastor say, “When the Bible says ‘therefore’ read the verses before to see what it’s ‘there for’.” To this day, I am convinced it is one of the most useful Bible study techniques I have learned. When we look back a chapter, we find a list of the heros of the faith including: Noah, Abraham, Joseph, and Moses.
THe Bible tells stories of God using ordinary people to do amazing things. We find people from every walk of life: young, old, farmers, kings, prostitutes, runaways, rich, poor, beggars, and givers. In these stories, we discover how God can take any person and make a wonderful story. We must read these stories to help us discover the story that God has for our lives.
There is a frighten trend in modern Christianity, we are ignoring the past…we are not reading the Bible. The Bible continues to be the top selling book, but it is also the most ignored book. We look to devotionals, pastors, and praise music to guide our journey of faith. There is nothing wrong with any of these as part of our journey, but we have to take personal responsibility to discover God’s Story for ourselves.
Discover God’s Story
You may have resisted reading the Bible in the past because it is so long, complicated and at times boring. Do not give up. The Bible is the most amazing book. It is a collection of stories about one big story, the story of God and His love for His children. The best part about these stories is they are true and will change your life.
The stories introduce you to the main character, God. You also meet some other interesting characters along the way. Sometimes they are heroic, but most of the time they are average people that God uses in amazing ways. You see God’s love and grace on display every step of the way. Throughout the stories, God rescues and guides His people, leading to the ultimate sacrifice that provides salvation to all who believe.
Two Books To Help You Discover God’s Story And Pass It To The Next Generation
There are two books that I recommend to my family and friends to help them discover God’s story and to pass it to the next generation.
1. The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. It is written for children but it also great for the adult reading it. It is not just about Jesus. The book walks you through the whole bible and ties each story to the great rescuer, Jesus. It is a beautiful retelling of the Bible stories and the art is amazing. I have not found a better children’s Bible out there. You can find the book in bookstores or at Amazon.
2. The 3-Hour Bible by me. The goal of the 3-Hour Bible is to help you discover and understand the whole Bible in a fast-paced and engaging reading plan. You may have struggled with other Bible reading plans in the past, but you can complete this one. The twelve stories have been carefully selected to walk you through the whole Bible. With each story taking less than fifteen minutes to read, you will be able to read and understand the big story of the Bible in three hours.
In the 3-Hour Bible, the Bible speaks for itself. The stories are crafted from the actual Bible text. They are not a retelling or summary, but the actual Bible. Each story presents important people, events or turning points in the bigger story. Find out more here. The 3- Hour Bible is available in paperback and Kindle edition(only $.99) exclusively at Amazon.
Begin Your Journey To Discover God’s Story
Start today by getting one of the books I suggested above or by picking up one of the Bibles sitting around your house. Learn from those who have walked this path before us. God has written an amazing story for your life. Discover God’s story to help you live your story.