Beth Moore’s devotional John: 90 Days with The Beloved Disciple is
meant to be savored over a ninety day period. However, I found myself devouring
several chapters at a sitting. Her writing drew me into her own enthusiasm for
Jesus as she shares her “Personal Reflections” on the Apostle John’s life and
writings. I suspect that men would not find it as helpful as some women do.
In the Introduction she wrote, “…I hope you’ll make the discovery that he
[John] did so long ago--the discovery that affection counts for more than
ambition. That loving and being loved by Jesus matters more than all that the
world can obtain or contain.”
Each day’s morsel begins with a scripture reading, a couple of questions for
meditation, a short essay followed by a few more application questions with
space to write your own comments. She closes each daily section with a written
prayer and space for the reader to write her own prayer or comments.
I do believe every believer needs to become familiar with the Bible through
reading it as narrative and also by studying its teachings. We can become prey
to people who misuse scripture for personal gain if we don’t educate ourselves.
We make a mistake by substituting writings about the Bible for reading the
Bible. But, after you include a serious study of the scriptures, good writing by
our brothers and sisters in Christ has almost the same power to encourage us as
spending time with others in fellowship or receiving instruction in churches and
Bible study groups.
I liked Beth Moore’s humility in her statement, “Based on my understanding of
Scripture…” on Day 86. On Day 85 she wrote, “Keep in mind, however, that
faithful students of God’s Word see a variety of ways to understand the passage.
God will accomplish His will in His own way regardless of opinion.”
Her enthusiasm breathes life into the Bible accounts and helps the reader to
emotionally connect with these long dead eyewitnesses to the reality of Jesus
Christ. Her growing popularity shows how effective she is in presenting a fresh
and usually biblically sound commentary. I was personally encouraged in my faith
in Jesus by reading this devotional and the scriptures she chose to include.