We are a society that loves highlights. We get bored with the everyday, average situation. We want to see big drama, excitement, pressure, high stakes situations. ESPN and sports show the highlights of games. The news only shows the extreme and bizarre. TV is all about the abnormal, especially “reality” shows. Well, church can be that way as well. When I was a little kid in Sunday School, each week we would hear a new “highlight” from the past. Creation, Noah’s Ark, the Red Sea parting, David and Goliath, Daniel and the lions, Jonah and the whale, Christmas and Easter. I have to be careful as I read the Bible now, because there really is no filler. God inspired the whole Bible, not just the “highlights”…you don’t get the whole story from just the highlights. You miss a lot because the filler really ties all the highlights together for the story to make sense. All of it is there for a reason…so it is all highlights. Read each part knowing it’s telling you something about God and His character, about yourself and instructions for living, and pointing you toward Jesus and developing the mind of Christ.
Today, think about how you read the Bible. Do you just read the highlights…or do you spend time on the “filler”? Next time you read a passage, view all of it as important. You will be amazed at how powerful this incredible book, and especially the filler, really is. Click here to share with the Stepping Stone community your thoughts on “lesser” Bible parts impacting your life.
Dear Father God, thank You so much for Your sovereignty, knowing all I would go through and all I would need, and giving me Your Word to help me. Thanks for all Your word, every word. I confess, I skip the boring, or hard to read, or culturally different parts, thinking they are meant for someone else and not me. Give me a humble spirit, open to all Your teaching and revelation, and not be a “picker and chooser” based on my wants and understandings. I pray in the name of the most miraculous highlight, Christ Jesus, and all God’s children said, – AMEN!
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17