The challenge was before them. This is the tale of two sisters. One who believed. One who didn’t. The challenge burned within them. Kylee’s words played over and over like a tape. “Read the God Speaks Bible for 90 days. This Bible outlines all the times that God speaks to His children in the Bible. If it does NOT change your life, I will give you a thousand dollars.”
Savannah and Sarah had been raised in a church and home where the word was freely expressed. “Crammed down our throats is more like it” was Sarah’s interpretation. Sarah had grown past all that. She had been educated and thus expanded her mind. “There is no God. Religion is just a silly crutch for the weak and a way for the strong to manipulate the weak.” She had no use for the Bible or any other forms of religion. She was free at last to explore the world on her own. Savannah, on the other hand, believed firmly in God, but she had known the scriptures from birth, so she saw no reason to read them now. After all, she already knew them. It was like reading a book for the thousandth time.
Hard times had hit Savannah and Sarah. Both of them had been laid off from their customer service jobs. Their savings wouldn’t last long and jobs were scarce with the failing economy. They had looked everywhere for a job, but there just wasn’t one to be found. It would be another two months before they could get a school loan or grant and their savings wouldn’t last that long. Kylee told them both about the importance of studying the Bible. Kylee was adamant. “ God Speaks through His word and He has so much He wants to say to you.” Sarah rolled her eyes and groaned. “Great! That’s just what I want to hear another sermon as if I haven’t heard enough of them growing up.” Savannah understood how Sarah felt. “I already know the scriptures. I’ve heard them all my life. There’s really no need to read them now.”
Like a bulldog, Kylee was not willing to concede. “The word of God is a light to our feet and a light to our path. Without His word we stumble through life blindly. His light shines on the path so we can see where we are going. It illuminates our way in the midst of the storms of life. We grow to be more like Christ by reading His words and hearing God’s voice. Every time I read it, I see something I haven’t seen before. The Bible comforts me when I am grieving. The Word heals me when I am sick. Scriptures breathe life into me when I want to give up. There is hope when I feel despair. I’ll tell you what. I’m going to propose a challenge for both of you. Read and study this Bible for ninety days for at least thirty minutes a day. IF your life has NOT changed in those ninety days, I will give each of you one thousand dollars.”
Sarah and Savannah jumped at the chance. Kylee left a copy of the God Speaks Bible. They started immediately after Kylee had left. Sarah and Savannah were determined to win that thousand dollars. They started in John. "In the beginning was the word and the Word was with God and the Word was God." They studied scripture after scripture for the entire ninety days. Their hopes had been of obtaining the thousand dollars that had been promised to them, but what they obtained was something much more valuable. In those words, they had found hope, peace, and a new way of living. The scriptures eventually became real to them and they gained a new friend, Jesus, Who became the treasure they cherished. They had found meaning and purpose in those pages and it changed their lives. In those ninety days, both girls found new dream jobs with higher pay. They no longer needed the thousand dollars.
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