Just another story…

neuschwanstein-castle-467116_1280When people say the Bible is boring, I have to question if we’re reading the same book.  Okay, so I get a bit bogged down in Leviticus when they’re talking about how to deal with infectious skin diseases, but truthfully, some of the accounts sound like a script straight out of Hollywood.

For example, the well-known story about the widow and her son barely scraping by during (one of) the terrible famines, a consequence brought about by the prophet Elijah at Yahweh’s behest, another attempt to get His people’s attention. God sends His man to this particular household, to a widow and her son, to ask for, guess what—food!  The response he gets is expected.

“But she said, ‘I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.’”

Elijah convinces her that, if she provides him with food and water, God would continue to miraculously multiply her supply to sustain her through the crisis.

What did she have to lose?

“So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days.” 

In Act Two, as if the famine wasn’t enough stress, this kind lady’s only son gets sick and dies.  She confronts the prophet, who has become a boarder during this time.  This widow is now overwhelmed with grief.  Her boy is dead, which back then had more implications than just the loss of a loved one.  Her future just got a whole lot more impoverished, both emotionally, and financially.

“Then she said to Elijah, ‘O man of God, what have you done to me? Have you come here to point out my sins and kill my son?’”

I love Elijah’s reply.  There’s no “oops”.  He doesn’t wring his hands.  In fact, there isn’t even a note of surprise or worry. 

“But Elijah replied, ‘Give me your son.’”

Once again, what did the mother have to lose?  Elijah takes the lifeless body up to his own room and prays. 

“The Lord heard Elijah’s prayer, and the life of the child returned, and he revived!  Then the woman told Elijah, ‘Now I know for sure that you are a man of God, and that the LORD truly speaks through you.’”

Which I find to be an interesting reaction from this mother.  Wasn’t the first miracle of the ever-flowing oil and grain enough to convince her of God’s presence working through His prophet? 

Different miracles

The first miracle was a life-sustaining one.  It had to do with maintenance. And it wasn’t like they had a five-course meal everyday, either.  Just enough oil and grain to keep them going, to sustain the life they had until the famine had passed.   

The second miracle was a life-giving one.  That which was dead has been resurrected.  Where life had been extinguished, life had been reborn.    

This gives me pause…

What do I have to lose?

God knows the level of my faith and intimacy with Him.  He also knows how fickle human beings like me (like you?) can be, allowing complacency to set in as what we once wondered at becomes normalcy and therefore taken for granted.  And He knows what is needed to take our faith and intimacy with Him to the next level, to jump start us out of that spiritual malaise. 

In other words, He not only knows how to maintain my dreams, even my faith, but also how to resurrect them and give them new life.

Of course, the first step is to hand it over to Him.

1 Kings 17:12; Hebrews 7:25 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

11 thoughts on “Just another story…”

  1. I agree with you. The Bible is not boring, except for those who are determined to be bored. Granted, some people don’t like poetry–maybe the Psalms aren’t going to interest them. Some people wrestle with the KJV when they would benefit from a more recent translation. And some, trying to read cover to cover, from Genesis to Revelation, do lose track somewhere in late Exodus or Leviticus. But, as you demonstrate, the Bible is filled with fascinating and meaningful passages of every kind. J.

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  2. I like to put the Bible stories to life in my mind as I read, sort of a self produced Bible play in my head. Seems to help with the boredom problem, and also makes me remember that these were real people, saying and doing real things.

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  3. You said, “When people say the Bible is boring, I have to question if we’re reading the same book. ” That’s exactly how i feel when I evangelize and someone tells me they read the whole Bible and found it boring!

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  4. This is amazing! I like the part that says ‘God knows how to keep our dreams alive.’ God doesn’t want us stagnant.He wants us to achieve more, so at His own He stirs us up to move higher.
    Most people especially those who read without the illumination of the Holy Spirit, find the Bible boring, because they feel they already know the end of the story. But when the Holy Spirit shines His light upon the scriptures, you’ll see new things in that same old story.
    Thanks for sharing this post, its really timely for me.

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  5. Ah, yes… Love this, even though I am not loving going through the process… again (because yes, I am embarrassingly fickle!) I do, however, also wonder how anyone can find the Bible boring. My newest favorite thing is to tell the teenagers in my life that I am not directly related to (ie-my part-time kids) Bible stories including backstore and all. So much fun! Praying I can awaken an interest in at least one of them… or in my full-time kids who currently only sigh and roll their eyes…

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