For the next few days, I want to cover different parts of the bible you can focus on. We all have different personalities and we all go through different phases in our own life so it makes sense that there are several ways you can experience the bible. Today I want to talk about one of my favorites and the one I usually lean on if I’ve been away from the bible for a long time, reading Proverbs!
The more I read the bible, the more I discover about His divine plan for us. Take the Proverbs for example. There are are 31 of them making it easy to read the corresponding one to the day of the month. Start with Proverbs 1 on the first day of the month, continue with Proverbs 2 on the second day… etc.
What I especially love about this bible reading plan is that it’s easy to jump right back in if you miss a day. You just look up the current date and pick the matching Proverbs. I also find that when I end up reading the Proverbs (perhaps not surprisingly) it’s exactly what I needed! God speaks to me through these beautiful poems of wisdom.
If you have not spent a month with the Proverbs, I highly recommend it. When you spend more than one month with them, you’ll see how God uses each one to speak directly to you on that particular day. It’s amazing how you can get completely different message from the same verses each time you visit them. That is the power of His written word!
MY BIBLE REFLECTION:
“…so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery, from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming. Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ.” Ephesians 4:14-15
I think one of the most dangerous traits of modern day Catholics is that we don’t talk about the devil often enough. We don’t acknowledge that there are evil forces who are cunning and who are scheming deceitfully to try and pull us from God. I turn to C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters when I need a good dose of “remember, there are bad things out there trying to make you desire food and Netflix more than Jesus.”
“Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless works for darkness; rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible.” Ephesians 5:10-13
I’ve always like the idea of shining light on sin to get rid of it. There’s just something very visual and encouraging to me about the idea that if we just shine a light on our bad habits and tell Jesus about them, that He will help us to get rid of our sin. Now, this process may happen over and over again in our lifetime but I find peace in knowing that God is always there for us, ready to heal us. When we keep secrets, or hide our sin from Him, it only creates toxic problems in our own soul. And of course we can never really hide anything from God but our childish attempts prevent Him from coming in and giving us that healing we need.
Are you shining a light on your own sins? When is the last time you went to confession?
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