I'm DELIGHTED to be introducing our brand new Summer 2016 initiative: Love The Bible. We want to fill your summer with engaging, relevant and inspiring content that will help you learn to love the Bible - whether you've been reading it as long as you can remember, or have never opened its pages before.
The first series we're launching is called 'Truths We Love' - it's pretty self explanatory! We're delighted to have our funky fun friend Florrie kick this off for us. Enjoy! Lucy x
I love the Bible.
These aren’t quite words you hear every day are they? Many people’s sentiments would demonstrate directly opposing views but as Christians we can rejoice and revel in the words of love, hope, joy and sacrifice.
You’re probably thinking yeah yeah, whilst this will always be great stuff it’s also old news, get on with it now. Fair, I’m waffling but trust me, I have a point. I am certainly guilty of turning to the bible and thinking ‘okay, theoretically this is the best thing ever and I’m literally reading God’s very word right now but God couldn’t feel any less tangible. I mean…its actually just paper, am I missing something?’
It’s at times like these when I turn to a single verse in which, whatever my mood may be, I can focus solely on the Lord and can recognise his strength in us and how truly amazing it is. (I’m actually lying a bit, the Bible is littered with verses like these but for the drama and literary effect I’ll focus on one).
Shown to me by a dear friend in an ‘oh-my-goodness-I’m-so-stressed-out-why-me’ moment Isaiah 40:31 has lifted my spirits in times of sadness and distance from God to encouraging me in moments of elation, rejoicing in faith in him. The words follow:
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’ (Isaiah 40:31)
Wicked right? (the good wicked). These lines are so important to me primarily as they remind us of the divine strength that hope in the Lord holds. This is a truth that is so easy to ignore or to forget in our day to day lives, particularly as we wake to such a sinful and broken world.
For me, temptation and the fear of sticking out in a crowd is profound, which I believe can be said for many Christians of all ages. It has been such an encouragement and so helpful to constantly remind myself of these words when feelings such as these arise, as my confidence in my unfaltering strength through our Father’s strength in us is restored and I can recognise that in Him, I can soar, despite the destruction of the world around me.
The words of Romans 8:38-39 further show this might, that cannot be beaten nor lead us to be separated from God and that although the barriers between us will never fade, the strength in our hope will renew and equip us in all that we do and importantly, in how we share Jesus’ sacrifice and love in a way that is truly unstoppable, mirroring our saviour.
If that isn’t reason alone to adore the Bible, I don’t know what is. For with our father, we are invincible.
Hey! I’m Florrie and I’m at school in the big city of London. Born and raised a city girl with a country heart so am usually found outdoors, dancing, painting, eating bananas and when I can, pretending I’m a cool dude and going surfing. I'm so excited to be part of a CU team at school and even more excited that we can chat about God’s word!