First week of Bible in 90 Days challenge has been…well, quite challenging! :-) I started the challenge about four days late so I had three days to read seven days worth material! I feel like every time my daughter asked me, “Mommy, what are you doing now?” this weekend, I answered, “reading the Bible.” :-)
I got an email from one of the mentors of the program (thank you, Jessica!) and it was so wonderful to know that I have someone to pray over me and encourage me through the process. I actually sent my prayer request to her and I have no doubt that she’s praying for me!
I actually read Exodus first and then Genesis this week (I still have few chapters left in Genesis but I can totally catch up today, I think!) and I really enjoyed reading Exodus. Yes, there are a lot of laws and the details of the whole build tabernacle is not that fun to read, but it is truly amazing to see God’s work in the whole process of bringing His people out of Egypt. Below are few of my thoughts:
- I love the fact that God “lived” among men and had direct conversations them! How much easier my life would be if God literally spoke to me with His clear voice because then I wouldn’t have to doubt or second-guess my decisions! But then, I’m sure I’d probably sin as easily as I do now.
- How awful the godly people were back then, even the most respected and so-called righteous ones! That gives me hope and I can assure myself that it is ok that I’m not perfect and God can and will still use me to fulfill His plan.
- I like monogamy and am glad I don’t have to deal with multiple wives and concubines! :-)
- People did live a long time back then indeed! I wonder if life felt long and boring for them. :-)
- It is important to know that God created us and when He tells us or leads us to do something, we are not to give our excuses. False humility based on insecurity (saying I’m not worthy or good enough to do such things for God) is just another form of pride. Who are we to say that we are not good enough to do God’s work when in fact, God is the one who actually does all the work and He merely uses us to fulfill it? I pray that whenever God asks me to do something, I’d say, “Here I am, Lord. Send me!” just like Isaiah did.
- I was very annoyed and irritated by the Israelites for their grumblings in the desert, even after what God had done for them! But then, I realized that I probably do the same thing by failing to remember God’s grace and mercy and repeating sins over and over again! I’m just glad that there is no book of Bible written about my life for all to read! L-)
- Really, Pharaoh? How do you not get the all powerful-ness of God after all that plagues you received?! :-)
- Sin causes temporary “withdrawal” of God in our life (evil and sin is indeed absence of God!) so watch out!
- Have you read the regulations given by God in Exodus? Though they were given by the grace of God for men’s good, men twisted them around and sometimes use them to harm us more than do good (Pharisee and Sadducee were so caught up with rules and traditions and lose focus on what’s really important!).
- God does what He says He’ll do and He never fails. How great to know that He never disappoints us and that we can trust Him with no worries!!
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