(and I don't do well with getting rid of my books)
I started with Bible studies that I've taken or taught or both over the years and began to put them in piles. As I would pick each one up and look at the title I could remember each and every study as if I had just completed them yesterday! As I looked at each one my thoughts on some in all honesty was, "Nay, not my favorite study at all...OR "Good study, glad I taught that one but don't care to teach it again OR AWE...yes...wonderful study...life changing...or I loved that study!!!! I am sure all Bible Study girls has felt the same way about Bible studies you've done over the years.The thing I have learned is regardless of whether a particular study is my favorite or not GOD'S WORD will speak if I only listen!
I've taken and taught a lot of Bible Studies but as of now...by far the best bible study I've ever taken and taught has been "A Heart Like His" by Beth Moore. (The study of David) And you know I must have loved it as I've taken the study once and taught it twice so far!
YES! Those little stickers you see on the book was of my own doings. I LOVE stickers.
This particular book was pitiful! Falling apart isn't the word. A lot of the pages had fallen out and I even had some of them stapled or paper clipped together.
And as you can see I tend to write a LOT in my books! I am crazy like that at times. Some studies, I only answer the question at hand in writing while others...I tend to GET CRAZY! Well this was one of those CRAZY studies for me.
As I was looking through this book at the notes I had made I was reminded of why I loved this study of David so much. David was chosen to be king and to serve and he was not a likely candidate. Scripture says he was young, ruddy looking and a sheep herder. A young smelly boy chosen to be King! WOW! (1st Samuel 16) How many times have we thought that we could not possibly do what God was asking us do for Him? We're not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough and the list goes on. The Lord taught me through this study that if God could use a stinky, ruddy looking, young boy to be King then He could surely use me.
He also taught me through this study that with God's power upon me I could accomplish great things for the Lord and I need not be afraid. 1st Samuel 17 tells the story of how David went before Goliath with a slingshot and a stone! My favorite part of scripture is when David says to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty. What a reason to shout "thank you Jesus" for giving me just what I need when I need it!
God also taught me through this study the importance of friendship. In 1st Samuel 18 the Word tells us that Jonathan (David's friend) became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. It also goes on to say that Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself and Jonathan loved David so much that he took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt. Scripture says in John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends". God taught me so much about the true value of friendship.
There was so much about the study of David that displayed hardship, fear, anger, mistakes, shame, sin, love, forgiveness and RESTORATION!
I am so like David...I desire to serve our Lord with passion and zeal and yet I fall so short and fail Him many times. I can relate to David in so many ways and yet I truly do want my heart to be like Jesus!
Awe my friends...the pages in my book may be worn, torn, stapled, paper clipped and falling apart at the seams and even unreadable on some pages but one thing remains....I so desire to have a Heart Like His. Even when I fail Him, when I fall, and feel so unworthy to be called His daughter....My ULTIMATE DESIRE is JESUS.
May we be like David...Long to have a heart like Jesus.
Praying for blessings to abound you today as you seek to have a heart like His.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy