Alisha Headley iBelieve Contributing Writer
Growing up, I always considered the Bible to be rather boring. Parts of it intrigued me as I learned the most popular stories: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Ark. And then of course fast forward to the New testament where we learn that Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem to a virgin named Mary, only to die on the cross for us and save us all from eternal destruction.
Let’s face it though, some books are more fun to read than others, right?
However, when I began deepening my faith by seeking out the depths of Scripture, I realized that the Bible is alive and there is so much more to it than I ever imagined. It is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12). It’s a book that may be over 2,700 years old, but its message is timeless. The more we study it, the more God’s words will begin to sink into the core of who we are.
God has placed every book, even the so-called boring ones, in the Bible for a reason. There isn’t a section of the Bible that God doesn’t want you to study and meditate on.
Many books, chapters, and verses get overlooked in the Bible by Christians.
In fact, here are 10 books of the Bible most Christians don’t read enough, but should consider. Let’s allow these less than popular books to speak into our hearts today in a new way. Ask the Lord to open your eyes and heart to as He reveals His purpose in placing these books in the Bible.
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1. The Chronicles – God Is Faithful to His Promises
Chronicles is often skipped over because it’s a long story. It communicates the nation of Israel’s entire history – its rulers, wars, religious events, economic cycles, and it starts with the beginning of mankind. Even the very beginning of Chronicles opens with a list of names, and the genealogies of names go on for nine chapters. No wonder this book is often overlooked.
But if you keep on reading, there is beautiful theme of God’s faithfulness weaved in and out of 1st and 2nd Chronicles. It tells the story of God’s covenant with David and His people.
Reading the Chronicles can provide hope as it reminds you today that even when war and things around us don’t seem promising, God’s promises never fail. He is faithful. Our obedience is to keep our focus on Him. When the people’s faith began to fall in 2 Chronicles 10:11, the people cry out saying “we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” God kept his promises and reminded His people in verse 20 to “believe in your God, and you shall be established.”
2. Nehemiah – God Will Fight for You
After 70 years in exile, the Jews had returned to Jerusalem, but the city itself was in ruins. Nehemiah sets out on a task and purpose to rebuild the walls for his people. Nehemiah is not only a leader, but a man of prayer. The longest recorded prayer in the Bible is actually written in Nehemiah 9.
This book is a must-read because there is actually some spiritual battle going on in it that we can learn from – the same spiritual battle we fight in our everyday lives. It’s a reminder that God will fight for us just as He did Nehemiah.
Nehemiah drew the attention of his enemies, Sanballat and Tobiah, who were “deeply disturbed” (Nehemiah 2:10) when he began the work of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. They employed a variety of strategies to divert Nehemiah from his task. These strategies are the same ones the enemy uses today. However, just like Nehemiah, we can build our own counterstrategies to come against the enemy in our life trying to divert us from our purpose. Be encouraged as Nehemiah 3:20 says “Our God will fight for us.” We have the greatest leader and warrior on our side, and this book reminds us of this truth.
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