Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 16 of 90: Read carefully

I learned a big lesson today. I was reading and got to a point and couldn't figure out how I had gotten there. I backtracked and found that I had missed the first verse of the chapter.

I was reading Joshua 7 and missed this verse, "But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel."

So when I got to verse 11, "Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff.", I felt lost.

Then I realized that that's what I do too often. I read what I want to read, I don't always read what's written. It is very easy to take one verse and read into it what I want to without really looking at the true meaning, the meaning God meant for the verse.
So, my lesson for today is to read carefully so I can get the true meaning out of scripture. That's the only way I can truly learn who God is.


Andrea said...
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Andrea said...

Thanks for the reminder Lisa. It is easy to skip important things when you are reading this much, this quickly.

Sorry for the absence. I am ALMOST caught up--fell behind this weekend.

Andrea in NC