WHY READ THE BIBLE?
This week we will finish up Genesis and start into Job.
I have a weird relationship with Job. It is a book of the bible I have avoided. I avoid it for a few reasons. I have seen it as a book of the bible that prepares us for suffering. It is kind of like I am saying if I don’t let God prepare me for suffering I won’t have any…let’s face the fact that I am not going to avoid suffering by avoiding reading a book of the bible that speaks on suffering.
I think I avoid it to because I don’t want to see myself in the horrible advice given by Job’s ‘friends’.
Are their any parts of the bible that you avoid or have avoided in the past? Revelation and the prophets can be intimidating. The whole old testament can seem so far removed.
So why in the world do we read our bibles? Because it is all about Jesus. We don’t read it because our day is going to go better. We don’t read it because it will tell us exactly what we need to do today and tomorrow. We don’t read the bible because God will love us more if we do. We read Job, the prophets, John, Genesis to Revelation because it is about God and all he has done, all he is doing, and all he will do.
When Joseph goes about interpreting the dreams that the cup bearer and the chief baker bring to him he tells that it is not about his ability but God’s. It is so encouraging that the next thing he says is ‘Go ahead and tell me your dreams.’
Joseph does not discard their distress and flippantly say ‘I can’t help you’. Instead he knows what his God can do and he knows that God cans use him to help these men. He let’s them know his inability and God’s ability.
I can’t…But God can
When Joseph is asked to interpret the dreams of Pharaoh he tells Pharaoh that he can’t do it…But God can.
It is the same for us. We can’t…But God can. We can take comfort in the fact that we can’t but God can. We do not, we can not do it. But Jesus has already done it all FOR US. God has done it for us and he will continue to use us for others. It’s not our work but God’s work, God’s business as Joseph said to the cup bearer and chief baker.
What weaknesses can we let show so people can see God’s work in our lives? Or what can we be honest with ourselves that is our weakness? What can we be honest about and say I can’t…BUT God can?
When we are honest with ourselves we can breath a sigh of relief that it is not all about us. It is not all about our work. What we do is ‘God’s work’ and what needs to get done will get done because God is in control of it.
When we are honest with others about our weaknesses we can point them to Jesus. We can say ‘I can’t…But Jesus did and can.’