“In the beginning was the Word”
Following our early congregational Bible Reading Plan, we have finished reading the Prophets, seventeen books of the Old Testament, from Isaiah to Malachi last year. A special blessing from reading the Prophets was great and I am thankful to God for this opportunity. When we started reading Isaiah, the COVID 19 pandemic broke out, and I gave more attention to the message so that I could have a biblical and Christian faith perspective on viewing the global pandemic and the suffering that people endured.
As we continued reading the Prophets, we have seen many things happening nationally and internationally as well such as natural disasters, adjusting to a new normal caused by the virus pandemic including the mission and ministry of the church, death of George Floyd and systemic racism, presidential election and division by political sides, etc.
I was able to stand focused during this time as I have been reading the Prophets and listening to the message reflecting what is God speaking to us during this time, finding similarity between the time of the prophets and ours today, human sinfulness and God’s abiding love and grace. I read the message of hope from the books of the Prophets that God always leads God’s people, in spite of their sin and rebellion, to God’s goodness through love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. God’s Renewing, restoring, and reviving are three words I found in the books of the Prophets, along with God’s demand in Micah,
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
A New Year has come!
I am expectantly waiting to see what God would do in us and through us? I trust that as God has led us through a challenging year of 2020, God will lead us to God’s new way for this coming new year of 2021. And we are able to grow in faith and to know God by our experiences individually and communally as well. What do we begin with?
I want to invite you to begin your new year with prayer. God want us to pray unceasingly, which is the will of God (1 Thessalonians 5:17). And I want to invite you to continue to read the Word of God. Our Bible Reading Plan for 2021 is to read History, twelve books in the Old Testament. By reading the History in the Bible, we are able to get a knowledge of God’s redemptive work through the history of Israel. John Wesley passionately said, “I want to be a man of one Book, which is the Bible.”
John testifies in his gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1-2).
Let us begin our New Year with the Word.
May God bless you and keep you. May God make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May God turn his face upon you, and give you peace (Shalom).
Happy New Year!
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