Resting at the River’s Edge in August — Some Reading for a Hot Summer Day
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
Ephesians is one of the great books we’ll read in August. It’s truly one of my favorites. I quoted the above two verses, but trust me, I had to restrain myself from quoting the whole first chapter.
We’ll read another book that is many people’s favorites: James. It’s a book chock full of practical advice and favorite verses…or at least verses you know well. How about these?
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,… (1:2)
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. (4:6b)
Come near to God and he will come near to you. (4:8)
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (5:16b)
We’ll also continue reading in the Old Testament, finishing the last two chapters in 1 Chronicles and then moving on to 2 Chronicles. Ezra and Nehemiah are next — you’ll read not only about the re-building of the Temple, but also about how the hearts of the Israelites were turned again toward God.
Throw about twenty Psalms into the mix and one minor prophet (Obadiah) and that’s our August reading.
Some of you may find yourself beginning to fall behind. Let me encourage you to continue reading. It’s OK to be behind. Maybe you’ll finish reading through the entire Bible in fifteen months instead of twelve — and won’t it have been wonderful to have accomplished such a thing?
Or who knows — perhaps God will provide you with a window of time in September or October or November and you’ll find yourself catching up just in time to read the Christmas story in December!
Take a summer break and read some Scripture! The beach would be a nice location! Enjoy!