A strange sadness weighed on my heart as I stared at my Bible.
Why wasn’t I excited about reading God’s Word?
Alan and I had been reading the Bible in a year since 2005.
Each year, we’d been amazed at how the Lord revealed Himself in new ways and used His Word to stretch and strengthen us at the perfect time.
So, why was I struggling with focus?
Why didn’t I feel that twinge of expectation and excitement when I prepared to start the year’s reading plan?
When did I start losing sight of the immeasurable value of each God-breathed word in Scripture?
As I beat myself up over the unanswered questions, the Lord patiently massaged my weary heart and prepared me for an unexpected answer.
When I approach Bible reading as a task, I fail to acknowledge God intentionally provided and protected each word from the time of oracles through the years of transcription and translations so He could place His story at my fingertips.
To the enemy’s delight, I’d fallen for the lie that made me skim through Scripture as if I had nothing left to learn from the same old story, as if I didn’t desperately need to listen to my loving Savior’s unchanging voice, as if I didn’t need Him to transform my heart with His words every single day of this life He’s given me.
I prayed for forgiveness and asked God to ignite my passion for His Holy Word, to help me approach Scripture with a new and more grateful perspective, to strengthen me through the same old story that changed my life on December 14, 2001 . . . the day I surrendered my life to Jesus.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
In the beginning, before life as we know it started, God existed in all His triune perfection and decided to create something out of absolutely nothing.
God created the heavens.
He designed and gave purpose to every galaxy, every planet, every star, every black hole, every atomic particle in the universe.
The Lord created the heavens, in all its marvelous and mysterious vastness.
He created the five basic elements of the universe. Fire. Wood. Water. Metal. Earth.
From the nothing that existed, God created the earth.
He created the inner core, the outer core, the earth’s mantle, and the solid crust that gives us firm places to stand.
He decided where the land would separate the water, where vegetation would flourish, where desert sands would stretch across miles, where mountain ranges and valleys would be carved by trickling streams and the winds that answer to His voice alone.
The Maker of time decided when this world would begin and when man would be created.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
The mind-blowing implications of that simple declaration confirm our Almighty Creator started His story by providing a place for us to be with Him.
Every God-breathed word preserved in the Bible assures us that we can depend on “the same old story” being the foundation of our faith and the proof of His unchanging and unconditional love.
God’s unchanging story gives us confidence in the foundational truths on which He builds our faith.
Why would we want God to change His perfection, to lead us along a different path so we won’t get bored?
Why would we want Him to change His story, to shake things up so we could have a foundation we couldn’t depend on?
Would we really want to follow Him if He was untrustworthy, if He kept changing the rules to fit our weaknesses?
“God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)
Why would He change anything? Why would we want Him to change anything?
As I prepare to read the same old story this year, I’m now excited about the prospect of deepening my faith as He strengthens my confidence in His unchanging Word.
I don’t want to miss one syllable.
I don’t want to skim through one story.
I don’t want to risk giving up an opportunity to hear His unchanging voice declaring His unconditional love for us.
My attitude toward reading God’s Word was a direct result of The Fall. Like Adam and Eve, I listened to the enemy tempting me to doubt the value and surety of God’s unchanging words of truth and love.
Did God really say this or that?
How will we know if we don’t sit at His feet every day and invite Him to share the beautiful story He’s preserved for us in Scripture?
Lord Almighty, thanks for blessing us with confidence in Your unchanging truth. Please ignite our passion for Your Word and help us understand Your truth as we sit at Your feet each day.
Please forgive us for the moments we forget to truly hear what You are saying through Your words preserved in Scripture.
We love You and praise You and thank You for the beautiful love letter You’ve placed in our hands‒the Bible. Please help us approach daily Scripture reading with grateful hearts surrendered in prayer and excitement at the opportunity to know You more.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
In what ways have you struggled with reading the Bible?
How does considering the magnitude of the statement in Genesis 1:1 make reading God’s story more exciting?
How has the Lord used His unchanging Word to change your life?
This year I’m using the Our Daily Bread reading schedule to read through the Bible in one year. If you would like to receive daily encouragement devotions and the daily reading schedule from Our Daily Bread, please visit www.odb.org/subscriptions
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Thank you again for your insight on approaching my daily readings through your article The Same Old Story . You always have a unique way of speaking directly to my heart. I am so grateful for the gift you have of sharing your own concerns in life and your amazing faith in how to deal with them. You are truly a light from God. Bless you!
Thanks for your affirming and loving words of encouragement, Gail. To God be the glory! It always amazes me how we can be going through something and thinking no one will ever understand until we share that something and God affirms that we’re not alone. Hallelujah! What a blessing to know He is using our weak moments to lift up others. He’s so good! I am looking forward to growing with you this year, mighty woman of God!
I needed this post, Xochi! I have approached Bible reading as if I’d read it all before. Thank you for the reminder that we can ask God to give us a fresh perspective as we read.
Linda, we are not alone. It’s so easy to start thinking we’ve been there, done that, read that. It’s easy to forget the Lord speaks to us through His Word, to appreciate the time of precious communion He offers us when we open our Bibles. I am thrilled we’re on this journey together, Sister. I look forward to hearing how He reveals Himself to you in the new year.
Thanks for your heart-opening and encouraging words, Xochi. I stuck to schedule on my reading plan until the middle of my trip to the U.S this year. Although I read the Bible regularly, I couldn’t catch up. I’m not legalistic about it, but a plan totally works for me. I’m using the Read Scripture app/plan from Crazy Love Ministries. They have cool little videos to illustrate concepts. Anyway, I know where you are coming from. So glad God has encouraged you again. I’m looking forward to all the truths and the stories. I already know I’m going to cry again when Moses the Man of God dies! Love you and loved reading your first 2019 post.
Colleen, I’ve tried the catch-up game. It was so discouraging. I’m glad you found a reading schedule that works for you. I’m looking forward to growing with you as we seek Him daily, Sister.
WOW! It so interesting that you wrote this. I was just thinking about how we can be in such a routine everyday that we overlook or miss something that’s important. I can totally relate to your blog. Thank you for sharing and being real. That’s why I love reading your blogs. Happy New Year to you and may God continue to bless you and your family.
Your sister in Christ,
LaShondia, I appreciate your kindness. Thanks for being part of my blog family. It’s such a blessing to be able to share our hearts as we seek to grow closer to God each day. I pray you will continue to be abundantly blessed by the Lord as you continue being a blessing to others in His name, Sister. I’m excited that we’re on this journey together, being real and totally dependent on Christ. Hallelujah!
Thank you again and again Xochi for your amazing insight to encourage and uplift believers ??
Thanks for your kind words of affirmation, Don. To God be the glory, the honor, and the praise! We can truly do nothing without Him, Brother.