I am so glad you have meandered over to my blog.
When I started thinking about blogging, I wondered what could I write about that would benefit others by pointing them to the Lord. I have always felt that God reaches our hearts through stories so I knew that was what I wanted to do.
I began to look at the Bible to see where Jesus told parables and gave illustrations, trying to see how I could copy his style. Because, after all, if Jesus told stories, then we should too. But I began to think about it. In most of the Bible, God uses stories. They are true stories, but still stories, just the same. They are stories of regular people doing regular things, sinning just like I do, and still being used by God in mighty ways.
And they are stories of hearts being changed by a mighty God who is in the business of changing our hearts to be more like Christ.
Look at Abraham. He followed God and left Ur. He spent years waiting for the child that God had promised him. He sinned by not waiting on God many times (taking his maidservant and having a child through her, lying to the King of Egypt to protect himself—you get my point). But when he was 100 years old, he had the promised child, Isaac. And after Isaac? Things still were tough at times.
All of the hardship before and after Isaac was born was designed to make Abraham more holy, more like Christ. I know Abraham didn’t know the name “Christ”, but he knew God the Father. What is so amazing is that Christ’s future death and resurrection worked in Abraham to become like the image of Christ.
So many people can quote Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
It is such an awesome verse, which tells us that God is involved in everything and He works good things even out of bad things. There is purpose in everything.
But look at the purpose. It is in Romans 8:29, and few people read on to see what the purpose is.
“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;” (italics are my addition)
We are to become conformed to the image of Jesus. God uses the difficult circumstances of this life to make us more like Jesus.
As we study about people of the Bible and their stories, I want to show you how God intervened in their lives to change their hearts, to grow them, and to make them more like Jesus so that we can know that He will do the same thing in our hearts.
Will you join me on this adventure of studying the stories of the Bible?
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