It is easy to be a Christian when everything in your life is going according to your liking. I mean, you have your dream job that pays you more money than you’re worth; your health and that of your family is great; all of your relationships are sweet and there is no bickering and jealousy and competition among anyone. Life is sweet!! It’s Heaven on earth!!
But it’s a different story when you have been laid off from your job; the bill collectors are calling and knocking at your door; your car has broken down and the air-conditioner dies in mid summer; your children are seriously ill or perhaps have an addiction; and your best friend has found a replacement for you.
When you have a crisis of faith in your life you really start to ponder between what God has promised and your current circumstances. You wonder if this is really what you signed up for when you became a Christian.
Where can you turn when you experience a battle with your faith? Jesus gave the answer to this question when speaking to His disciples while they were traveling on that dark road to Emmaus.
“And He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?”
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:25-27).
Isn’t it interesting that Jesus Himself instructed His disciples to find comfort, and the building up of their faith, in the first 5 books of the Bible, and the rest of what we call the Old Testament? I realize that the New was written yet but Jesus told the disciples everything they needed to know from the Old Testament.
Jesus gave the disciples a lesson from the Old Testament that started with Moses writings and continued through the rest of the Old Testament; and He showed them how the pattern of suffering followed by divine glory was always woven through the fibers of the history of God’s people. If they had understood the Old Testament better, the death and burial and resurrection (The Gospel, I Cor. 15:3-4) of Jesus wouldn’t have come as a great surprise. They would have been better armed to face the tough problems of life with an unquestioned faith in God.
I’m convinced that most Christians know the comfort verses of the New Testament. They are all God’s holy inspired Word and are to be used by us for comfort and edification. But the Old Testament is also just as inspired and has actual life events that happened to real men and women and children and how God dealt with them in their situations. These narratives are like reading an action packed book but are laced with historical people and events and interventions by God for the building up of our faith.
So, what am I asking you to do? Read all of the Bible. Spend at least as much time in the Old Testament as you do in the New, if not maybe more. When reading the New Testament see how much of it comes from the Old. You will be very surprised.
I spent year before last just in the Old Testament. It was incredible. The Bible came alive like a motion picture in my mind as I read all of the narratives. And all of the places I saw Jesus was incredible.
Try it, and you will be blessed and your faith will be strengthened!!!
Until next time, Lord willing,