You started your Bible reading with the words, “In the beginning God…” (Gen. 1:1). You end your reading with the words, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Rev. 22:13). Everything needed to live successfully can be found between these two verses.
Do you want to know who God is?
Do you want to know how to have a relationship with God?
Do you want to know how to please God?
Do you want to understand your purpose in life?
Do you want to understand what comes after this life?
Do you want to find peace, strength, wisdom, healing, comfort, guidance, and encouragement?
Then read God’s words.
You are now at the end of your reading, but you are also at a new beginning. I urge you to begin reading through the Bible once again. There will be stories and passages that are familiar to you, but there will be many verses that will seem as if you are seeing them for the first time. No matter how many times we read God’s words to us, the Holy Spirit will make what we are reading applicable to what we are experiencing at that point in our lives.
One of my favorite stories regarding Scripture was told by the well-known 19th century preacher and author, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He wrote, “True Bible readers and Bible searchers never find it wearisome. They like it least who know it least and they love it most who read it most. When one of our missionaries had to read a certain Book of the Old Testament through a hundred times while he was translating it, he said that he certainly enjoyed the hundredth time of reading it more than he did the first, for he understood it better and it seemed to him to be fuller and fresher, the more familiar he became with it.”
My fervent hope is that you have drawn closer to God by reading His words, that you have a greater understanding of God, and that your desire to live your life by His principles has grown.
“And now, all glory to God, who is able to keep you from stumbling, and who will bring you into his glorious presence innocent of sin and with great joy. All glory to him, who alone is God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Yes, glory, majesty, power, and authority belong to him, in the beginning, now, and forevermore. Amen” (Jude 24-25).
© 2010 Arlina Yates