God gives us many instructions and commands in the Bible. When we read it we can see how to live our lives in the best way. The more we study it the more we realize how much he loves us, and that that is why he is giving us the commands that he is.
God wants what is best for us, his creation. He wants us to treat others kindly, and he wants ut to be successful. He wants us to prosper.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
It doesn't mean that things are going to turn out perfectly all of the time. We can see that by studying the Bible and those in it. We know that they faced struggles. Paul was persecuted for his faith and put in prison, John the Baptist was beheaded, and so on. But God will be with us.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
2 Peter 1:5-7
God's instructions are clear. He wants ut to be kind. To be good. To have self-control and to live the way that he wants us to. God has given us so much, and it is only right to give back to him.
There is so much to be grateful for in life. For our family. For our talents. For freedom. For health. For the food to eat and the clothes to wear. God has never gotten us, and he will never forget us. He knows our needs and he will look out for us and give us what is right. Does that mean that life will always be easy? No. But we can trust in him through everything we face.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
We can be strong in him. Through everything that we face we can know that he is with us. We don't have to be afraid of our enemies. We don't have to worry about anything. We just need to be strong and to know that he is there for us.
God loves us so much and he wants us to see that. He wants to live our lives in a way that reflect him. He wants people to see that we are unafraid because we trust in him.
So, we should all realize how precious it is to read our Bibles. We should draw encouragement from what we read and try to live in a way that honors God.
By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken