Acts 17-25

"Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in His commandments."

Psalms 112:1, RSV

 

If you have made it this far in the Bible challenge, then you are half-way through your goal of reading through the New Testament in just thirty days. 

Well done!

 

Hopefully, though, you are reading for something more than mere bragging rights. It is true that most people will never read through the New Testament, even though they have a lifetime to do so. But your goal is something much greater than the momentary satisfaction of accomplishing something that most people do not have the perseverance to do: You are actually reading the instructions for an excellent life as given by the Creator of the Universe.

 

The writer of the 119th Psalms said, "I shall walk at liberty, for I have sought thy precepts." In other words, the Word of God will give you a freedom in your life that most people will never experience. Most people go through life in a haphazard manner. They believe what they believe because it's what their parents believed, and their parents believed what they believed because it's what their parents believed... And while there is nothing wrong with having faith in our parents, the faith that God wants us to have is the one that is designed by Him.

 

And, the only way that you and I will ever know for sure what God has designed for us is to read His Word.

 

If you have felt that your life, while pretty good at times, is simply not what you had in mind, then welcome to the club! We have all felt at times that our life is not measuring up to the great dreams that we had when we were young. But did you ever think that the reason for your dissatisfaction is that your life is not what God has planned? God's Word gives freedom and hope and joy and satisfaction. You can find out how to get these things from the pages of the Bible.

 

In fact, that's what your doing right now - you are reading the very words of God whenever you read the Bible... and it will change your life!

 

"I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."

Jesus, as recorded in John 10:10, RSV

 

If you have been searching for a better life - a more abundant life, may I suggest that the only place you will find it is in the Bible? If you are taking part in the Thirty Day Bible Challenge, today's readings are the 17th through the 24th chapters of Acts. Whether you read from this specific plan or one of your own, I hope that you will read the Bible through, for it will change you and it will give you the life that you have been searching for!