Reading one’s way through the Bible in only 90 days can be very trying to one’s state of mind. There are sections of the Bible that hold my attention and there are others that become more and more difficult to comprehend. As I read through the whole story of the kings of Israel, I am caught up in the story of David who is described as a “man after God’s own heart.” God has chosen David – the youngest son from Jesse’s family- to be king. David’s greatness comes from being chosen by God and yet David is not a perfect person.
I think that sometimes we have the false illusion that God only uses the “righteous” or those who have perfect attendance at Sunday School or the person who is able to keep up with the reading. The truth, however is that God uses all kinds of people simply because “God is God” and we cannot know or understand God’s ways.
While many of the Psalms are attributed to David, the “man after God’s own heart” continually repeats that God’s ways are difficult to understand. Soon, we’ll read through the book of Job where we will encounter some difficult moments that will leave us scratching our heads in disbelief.
We were warned that the names of kings will become a blur as we engage in this week’s reading. Some will be good kings who we will want to stop and spend some time with while others will be a blur for us because they did evil in the sight of the Lord.
I look forward to continuing our conversation when we meet, to hear what your state of mind is at this point in our journey together.