On January 1, I committed to reading the entire Bible this year. I’m caught up so far, but sometimes I get busy and skip a day or two. At first, knowing I had to play catch-up was discouraging, but I realized that if I just opened my book and started reading, the pages flew by and I caught up in no time at all.
I use a specially designed Bible that includes a section of the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs in each day’s reading. The variety helps hold my interest because sifting through the Old Testament’s archaic language and long lists of progeny can get a bit tiresome.
Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is my favorite part, with the Lord’s Prayer as the cherry on top. Reading through and deepening my understanding of the other parts of the Bible are important to my understanding of the Christian faith and God’s character more completely, though. Even though it is admittedly a slog sometimes, I always my faith reaffirmed by reading about the miracles, trials, and victories of the Old Testament.
I have three small kids, and I like to read my Bible where they can see me. It’s good for them to look over and see Mom studying God’s word. They may not be very cognizant of the importance of daily Bible reading at their tender ages, but my faithful example will reflect in their character as adults.
Opening my Bible and reading about God’s word and seeing examples of His past power and might is especially reassuring in troubling times such as the ones we are currently experiencing. Every day brings new, increasingly alarming headlines and restrictive government mandates.
Grocery stores lack basic supplies such as canned vegetables, flour, and toilet paper. The stock market fell and economies are crumbling. Some are collapsing. Ammunition is sold out with suppliers unable to purchase more for the foreseeable future.
With all the turbulence around us, I turn to my Bible even more for a daily dose of comfort. God is bigger than any virus or any collapsed economy. Humanity has experienced far worse situations than a household paper products shortage, and we will survive this current calamity.
Sadly, some people across the globe will not survive the Covid-19 pandemic. The virus is killing people, but it also has an 80-90% recovery rate. Most infected people will live to tell the tale. The virus is, unfortunately, claiming the lives of the elderly, as is true with every disease, sickness, or ailment that occurs, especially during cold and flu season.
We will all hopefully be able to call ourselves survivors of the economic recession that this global pandemic is triggering, though. If we rely on the traits that got our ancestors through past large-scale disasters, such as the Irish Potato Famine and the Great Depression, we can weather the storm.
As Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,” (NIV). We just need to pray daily and have faith we will make it through these unprecedented times.