I am a mess. I just finished doing my daily bible reading and today, it dealt with the death of King David.
Now if I were to survey my kids’ church class, David might be right up there with Jesus as one of the characters they know best. The same could be said for me growing up, although I feel like we also spent a lot of time walking through the stories of Moses’ life.
In any case, I was surprised by this emotion. I know David’s story, but I had never read David’s entire story, in order, from cover to cover, with his Psalms right next to the real-life occurrences that they referenced.
This time around, I felt like I was reading a novel, and even though I knew it was coming, here we are at my favorite character’s death. David is gone. And I miss him. I feel like I danced when David danced and was fearful when David as afraid. The emotional connection is vivid.
I can honestly say I’ve never felt this way about a Biblical character before, other than when I remember the pain and suffering Jesus went through.
It’s new to me.
But I think it’s a good thing. I think reading the Bible chronologically and consistently has connected me more to its Author. It has reminded me that these were real people that endured trials I cannot even fathom (being hungry, being hunted, hiding in caves, fear of being overthrown once you are in power, going to battle every year, etc).
And through it all, they worked out their faith, for better or for worse. It’s what James talks about in the very 1st chapter of His book.
“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (Verse 12)
“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” (Verses 22-25)
I’m enjoying connecting deeply with the characters of the Bible, because it draws me deeper with my Creator, my Savior, my Lord, my Friend.