Thousands of people have joined in reading through the Bible during the 40 Days of Lent this year. People have invited their small groups, friends, spouses, neighbors, and co-workers to join in. Some don’t even believe in God.

I recently heard from one woman who invited a co-worker who isn’t a Christian to join her in reading the Bible through Lent.

After the first week she announced, “There are some really rotten people in the Bible. Noah gets drunk and can’t keep his pants on. Jacob is a liar and a cheat. Joseph’s brothers are a band of meanies. I thought I was going to be reading a book about Christians.”

The woman encouraged her friend to keep reading.

After the second week’s reading, the co-worker announced, “I don’t think reading the Bible is accomplishing what you wanted it to.”

“How so?” the woman asked.

“Well, I don’t really like God. He seems mean and gets angry a lot and kills a lot of people. Do you know what this book really needs?”

“What?” the woman asked.

“A hero. This book needs someone to come along and save the day and make God not so angry all the time.”

The woman smiled.

“Keep reading,” she encouraged. “The hero is coming.” [Tweet this]

As you read the Bible this Lent in preparation for Easter, continue to pray that God would open your ears and eyes and hearts as you read—as well as for all those who are diving into God’s great big story for the first time.

How has God been opening your eyes and heart during the 40 Days of Lent?