Saturday, May 19, 2012

ADHD and Bible Study -- HAHAHA

I couldn't get it to turn right side up, but you get the point.

If you’ve read my prior blogs, you know I love my daddy and how colorful my life has been because of him. Daddy is sanguine (meaning he can turn anything into a great story). He’s also where I got my ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). SOOOO what that means is he finds a lot of things to be very entertaining. He recently discovered James Wiersbe’s Commentary, and he allowed me to read some of it. What I discovered was more than the content. What I discovered was how my daddy sees the Bible. Being ADHD means we can’t filter out minutia or extraneous material very easily. Apparently, daddy found pretty much all of Wiersbe important, fascinating, and exciting, and it’s all hi-lighted…in ORANGE. All but the page numbers and titles are hi-lighted. If you think the Bible is dull and dry, irrelevant, uninspiring, impractical then you aren’t reading it right. The Word of God is as exciting as all the hi-lighting daddy can handle. If you will just take the time to spend with God and ask Him to reveal Himself to you, He will.

And this one decided to turn on its side. CRAZY

I have to tell you Genesis 15 has been a chapter I’ve had to sit on and digest for several weeks now. I’ve used several translations, a transliteration of the Bible, several commentaries, and a book by James Garlow called The Covenant: a Study of God’s Extraordinary Love for You.” I tell you this because I don’t want you to think I pull things out of a hat. I do research what I write and what I teach, and this chapter is really rich.

So let’s dig in! Get your Bible and join me.

Genesis 15:9, God gives Abram a list of animals to put on the altar. Have you ever seen the commercial where the cowboys ask the city slicker where he got his salsa as the city slicker is aiming a car remote at his horse and tweeting it? Someone says he got it from NEW YORK CITY, and you hear another say, “Get a rope.” Everyone who has watched that commercial know exactly what is meant and implied. You don’t make salsa in New York City! When God told Abram to get the animals, he knew immediately everything that meant and implied. God wanted to enter into a covenant with Abram. A covenant is HUGE! As we study it a little more, I hope you will appreciate the enormity of it because Abram surely did.

Abram brings the animals to the altar and cuts all but the birds in half. In blood convenants, blood must be shed. A sacrifice must be made. Abram completes the task, and no sooner has he completed the task than a flock of birds come down and try to take his sacrifice. According to James Garlow in The Covenant: a Study of God’s Extraordinary Love for You, in the Old Testament the birds of prey represent the enemy. Have you ever been on a trek to get closer to God, to get to know God better on a more intimate and personal level only to be distracted? Maybe you are starting to go to church or going back to church? Are you trying to have your quiet time daily? Being ADHD, it doesn’t take much, and I hate it when the enemy comes in and attempts to get me off course, and the enemy is so good at what he does. Abram begins waving away the birds, fending off his sacrifice because he desperately wants this kind of relationship with God. Are you desperate to know God more? Are you willing to defend and fight off the enemy for that closer walk with God? The Bible says the enemy is prowling, seeking whom he may devour (1Pt 5:8). So, I encourage you to be like Abram. Fight off the enemy. Fight for God’s promises. Fight to get to know Him more. I promise it is worth it.

1 comment:

  1. Are there any tips or advice you can give to me, I'm add and just can't seem to really absorb the things I've read in the Bible. It's hard to memorize the scriptures.


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