July 15 – Day 3 of My God Is Bible Challenge

Today’s Reading :1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30, Romans 2:25-3:8, Psalm 11:1-7, Proverbs 19:10-12 (Click here for today’s reading online.)

*If you are joining us new today, please take a moment to watch this video. It will help you understand the heart behind our Summer Bible Challenge. We would love for you to join in with us as we fellowship over the Word.

A few years ago I was talking with a friend about some of the foolish choices we made when we were younger. She told me of a word picture her dad had used and I simply loved it. He told her to think of his guidance like the protection of an umbrella on a hot summer day in the desert. She could sit in the comfortable shade of his guidance where she would be protected from the damage of the sun. Or, she could choose to step outside of his loving shady spot and get burned by the scorching sun.

In life, we are constantly protecting ourselves. We lather ourselves in sunscreen at the beach. We wear hats to keep the sun off of our faces. We click the buckles of our seat belts. And, look both ways before we cross the street. The list of things we do to protect physically ourselves is quite long. Most of us were taught at a young age to buckle up, wear sunscreen, look before we cross the street, etc. But, what do we do to protect our hearts, our minds and our souls? My guess is that very few of us were trained with the same type of diligence with regards to our spiritual lives.

Psalm 11:1 (NLT) says –

I trust in the Lord for protection.

Do you trust in the Lord for protection? Our My God Is Bible Challenge finds us at the letter “C” today. God is my counselor. And, the truth of His counsel covers me with His mighty protection.

His Counsel will never lead me astray. (Psalm 119:105)

His Counsel is always what is best for me. (2 Timothy 3:16)

His Counsel is available to me every moment of every day. (Joshua 1:8)

His Counsel is never expired or out-dated. (Hebrews 4:12)

His Counsel blesses me. (Luke 11:28)

His Counsel revives my heart and soul. (Psalm 19:7-11)

His Counsel is powerful to protect me. (Ephesians 6:17)

His Word is what I need. The full counsel of God will protect my heart and my soul. Nothing else can offer that, only The Word of God. Sweet sister, can I share something with you? THIS is why I read the One Year Bible. I don’t want to miss any of His Counsel. If I choose my reading plan it is likely that I will spend most of my time in my favorite places. But if instead, I allow Him to direct me and guide me with the FULL COUNSEL every year, there will be no part of me left out in sun. The Full Counsel will cover all of my needs. It will address all of my shortcomings. (If you didn’t watch our “Join the Challenge” video, you might want to check it out. Shannon and I share our journey of reading the One Year Bible and how it has impacted us.)

So, just like my friend we have a choice. We can rest under God’s faithful umbrella of promise and truth – gaining our strength, compassion, mercy and love from His ways. Or, we can walk on our own in the heat of this world. Allow yourself to really consider what your family and your relationships would look like if you stayed in the shade of His Truth every single day. How would it change you to read the entire Bible every year? How would your faith be impacted if you sat in truth of the FULL Counsel of God?

My prayer for us today –

Sweet Father,

Thank You for giving us full access to Your Truth. Help us to be women who are willing to stay under the protection of Your Ways. Place a deep desire within our hearts to continually seek Your Counsel. Let us open Your Word everyday so that we can understand You more.

In Your Loving and Merciful Name, AMEN!