If you are like me, you love a great story.
Whether it’s in a book, a movie, a TV show, or a song, stories find their way into our lives and impact us on a different level.
The truly great stories somehow find a way to transcend time and generations.
As a parent, stories took on a whole new purpose. No longer were they just for my entertainment, but they were now tools I could use to build into my kids. Whether I was reading one to them or telling them one that I was making up as it came, stories captured their attention and their emotions.
The stories captured mine, too.
It was like the story, the characters, the words themselves, came to life.
It’s amazing how many lessons we can learn from a great story. It’s like eating a giant bowl of cereal that tastes great AND is healthy for you. What a great concept! (BTW, I think someone should invent something like that!).
Over the years, I have learned to read the Bible this way: like a story. It is interesting to me that God tells a completely incomplete story (more on this later) for us to know Him through.
His story is filled with amazing events, great heroes, and massive failings. It has drama, action, suspense, emotion, and yes, even romance.
The Old Testament is filled with incredible stories. People building arks, defeating giants, getting rides on chariots of fire (Ha! Now you have a song in your head!), and so much more.
Then the New Testament comes along and what does Jesus use to teach people?
Parables to be exact.
These are short stories that, although have a fictional context, teach deep spiritual truths.
Then, after the gospels, we have the book of Acts, which is actually a letter from Luke to his friend. And what is in the letter? The story of what God was accomplishing through the men and women courageous enough to follow Him faithfully.
Coming through the epistles (letters written during the book of Acts), we find Revelation. What a crazy and beautiful book, filled with amazing creatures, battles, and ultimate victory.
And this is where God’s complete story is still incomplete because there is more to come.
There is more to come because I am part of God’s story. My story is His story. And since my story isn’t complete, His story has more to say.
I love reading the stories of the Bible.
Sure I would love to see the ark. Now I can go to Kentucky.
I would love to see the hand of God write on my wall. But then I remember that that was bad news, and I would probably think one of my kids did it and not believe it anyway.
I would love to see ALL that God has for me. Well, according to the final chapter, one day I will.
But until then, I will read God’s story because God’s story is good, and God’s story is completely incomplete.
Over the next few weeks, I invite you to join me as I continue to blog about the concept of “story” and how God uses it to speak into our lives.
But until then, what is your favorite Bible story and why? Share it in the comments.
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Brad in 2 Sentences:
I love to write and teach people of all ages about Jesus. If I can tell a story and tell you about Jesus at the same time, even better!