This post is going to go long…because I’d like to quote the entire Bible. So grab your coffee and get comfortable… No, wait! Just kidding! Don’t go! I’ll keep it short, I promise.
But seriously, the background text for today is all of the Scriptures.
The prophet Isaiah quoted the Lord God often. He introduces many paragraphs with lines like this:
This is what the LORD says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies… (Isaiah 44:6)
King and Redeemer: isn’t the Lord of Heaven’s Armies also our King and Redeemer? The King to whom we pledge our allegiance. The one who saved us from slavery and dark and empty lives.
I’m eager to know what my King and Redeemer says …
In the passage that follows, the Lord says,
“I am the First and the Last; there is no other God. Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago?” (from verses 6, 8)
Yes, He did.
Israel had heard, time and again, what God had in mind for them.
There were many times they didn’t pay much attention.
Our King and Redeemer says the same thing to us—He has told us His plan and purpose for His children.
It’s there—it’s in the whole body of Scripture. And in it, there is so much hope!
This is my number one reason for encouraging a Bible read-thru on a yearly basis. I was introduced to this several years ago and have done it the last two years. Let me tell you, it changed my perspective on Scriptures. It gave me God’s big picture. It refreshed my hope and increased my peace.
He does tell us His plans and purposes, for both the world and each of us individually.
I recommend you read chronologically. If you’d like an outline for that, I’m happy to share it. If you read about twenty to thirty minutes a day, you’ll be finished in four months. That sounds like a lot, but you will quickly settle into a routine and find that you look forward to your time with God and His Word every day. And if you’re like me and others who have shared the Read Thru with me, you’ll be sad when it’s over.
Because this is His living Word. The Word meant for us today.
Jesus said not one detail of God’s Word would disappear until its purpose is achieved.
Because He’s the one in charge.
That is the basis of my great hope.
For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
You rule throughout all generations.
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