Why do thousands of children die of starvation each day, while every night the world's wealthiest nations throw away enough food to feed them? In 3,500 years of recorded civilization, only 268 years have passed without war raging some place on the globe. Yet during that same period 8,000 peace treaties have been signed. Why is the dash between the dates on a tombstone so small? Something tells us this isn't right, good, or fair. This isn't home. Who put these thoughts in our heads? The Bible says, "God...has planted eternity in the human heart." As a redeemed child of God your life on earth is just the beginning. It's the first letter, of the first sentence, of the first chapter, of the great story God is writing. We're like homing pigeons; we have an innate home detector. We're heaven bound and heaven hungry. That doesn't mean you can be so heavenly minded that you're no earthly use. If you want to hear the "well done...good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21), you've got to be a good and faithful servant of God each day on earth. But your mandate is: "Seek first the kingdom of God" (Matthew 6:33). In His plan, it's all about the King and His kingdom. He wrote the script: "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:" (Ephesians 1:10). The Bible ends with these words: " He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus." (Revelation 22:20). How do you get to heaven? By putting your trust in Jesus Christ.
"And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." (Jeremiah 31:34)
One beauty of the Covenant of Grace is this: we are promised intimate and familial knowledge of our Lord. No longer is He a God far-removed, approachable by a chosen few. No, in the New Covenant we are all kings and priests and are granted, in Christ, the most intimate access to the Father's throne-indeed, even access to the Father's ear by our prayers!
Week #38 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 16-18
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 1-5
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 111-113
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 25
Thursday: (Prophecy) Amos 5-9
Friday: (Gospels) John 19-21
Saturday: (Letters) Philemon