Starting off 2018 like Joshua

The book of Joshua begins with the Lord preparing a leader to replace Moses.  Two times in the first chapter God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous (vs. 6, 9) and a third time He tells him to be strong and very courageous (v. 7).  In between those admonitions He speaks to Joshua the words recorded in verse 8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

These words were spoken to Joshua for his encouragement and they were preserved by our Heavenly Father for our encouragement as well.  The goal of this blog is to help us as we strive daily to follow all of God’s Word.  Each day’s post will include a scripture reading for the day and a few encouraging words.  Read each day’s scripture and you will have read the entire Bible by the end of 2018

The first reading for the year is Matthew chapters 1 and 2.  Starting off the reading is rather tedious going thru all those names.  But as you read down to verse 21 of chapter 1, the angel tells Joseph “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  Here is the beginning of our hope of salvation if we will follow the path set before us in His inspired word.

Today’s reading: Matthew 1-2

2018 Day 108 – 1 Samuel 26-31

Have you ever had an opportunity to get revenge on someone who had treated you very badly?  Most of us would jump at that kind of opportunity.  David again had a chance to kill Saul, but once again he did not harm the king.  “And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not; for who can put forth his hand against Jehovah’s anointed, and be guiltless?” (1 Samuel 26:9)  David made his share of mistakes in his life, but the love and respect he had for Jehovah God are evident in his responses to those mistakes.

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 26-31

2018 Day 107 – Exodus 9-12

It took ten plagues from God for Pharaoh to finally let the Israelites go from Egypt.  The final plague being the death of the firstborn of every Egyptian family and their livestock.  After the first nine plagues Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, but after the last one his heart must have been softened some.   “Take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone, and bless me also!” (Exodus 12:32)  He went from thinking his magicians could do anything that God could do to now asking to be blessed by God.  God knew before He started what it would take to get Pharaoh to let the people go.  His plans are greater than we can even understand.  “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2)

Today’s reading: Exodus 9-12

 

2018 Day 106 – Mark 11-12

When one of the scribes asked Jesus what was the most important commandment, He answered with the first and the second most important.  “Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)  Just like yesterday’s reading of 1 Corinthians chapter 13, if we have love as our motive our actions will be evidence of that love.

Today’s reading: Mark 11-12

2018 Day 105 – 1 Corinthians 13-14

Love is something hard to define.  In that famous chapter of love, 1 Corinthians 13, we are given many of it’s characteristics.  It is patient, kind, does not envy or boast, is not arrogant, is not rude, does not insist on it’s own way, is not irritable or resentful, does not rejoice at wrongdoings but rejoices with the truth, it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things, and it never ends!  Putting all of these characteristics together is no easy task, but Paul tell us without love anything we do is nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2-3)

Today’s reading: 1 Corinthians 13-14

 

2018 Day 104 – Jeremiah 12-16

We know there is only one true God, but in the Bible we read of many false gods that were worshiped.  Jehovah God was not happy anytime a false god was created.  “Can man make for himself gods? Such are not gods!  Therefore, behold, I will make them know, this once I will make them know my power and my might, and they shall know that my name is the LORD.” (Jeremiah 16:21)  Throughout the Bible He used many different methods to show His power.  He may not show His power in the same ways today, but He is no less powerful now as He was back then.  “But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King. At his wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure his indignation.”  (Jeremiah 10:10)

Today’s reading: Jeremiah 12-16

 

2018 Day 103 – Job 29-30

In chapter 29 Job reminisces about how great his life had been in the past.  He talks about how much good he had done with what he had been given.  Then in chapter 30 he laments how terrible his life had become.  Job’s life is just one instance of how fortunes can change quickly and turn the best to the worst.  It is also an example of the limitation of human power.  We need our Heavenly Father’s power everyday of our lives.  We need the saving power that He provides thru His Son.

Today’s reading: Job 29-30

 

2018 Day 102 – Psalms 42-44

Part of a song that we sometimes sing comes from the words of Psalm 42.  “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.” (Psalms 44:1)  It is not known for sure, but David may be the writer of this Psalm.  How great would it be if we all could be writers of these words and truly mean it.  A desire to live a life with God that much would be hard to hide.  “In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.” (Psalms 44:8)

Today’s reading: Psalms 42-44

 

2018 Day 101 – 1 Samuel 21-25

King Saul and his men were chasing David in an attempt to kill him.  Saul went into the cave where David was hiding but he never knew David was there.  Instead of using this opportunity to harm the man who wanted to kill him, all David did was cut off the corner of Saul’s robe.  I doubt any person who knew the situation would have blamed David if he had used this opportunity to kill Saul.  Most would have considered it self defense, but David felt bad for just the small thing he did to Saul’s robe.  “And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.” (1 Samuel 24:5)  Why did David feel so strongly about not harming Saul?  “He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the LORD’s anointed.” (1 Samuel 24:6)

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 21-25

 

2018 Day 100 – Exodus 5-8

After Moses and Aaron met with Pharaoh and asked for him to let the people go, things only got worse for the Israelites.  They were forced to work even harder and they blamed Moses.  “Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me?  For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.” (Exodus 5:22-23)  We know how their time of slavery would end up, but at this time they did not know.  God works in ways and on a schedule that we do not always understand.  With faith, prayer, and patience we can live in service to Him and know that He will provide what is best for us.

Today’s reading: Exodus 5-8

 

2018 Day 99 – Mark 9-10

Jesus told His disciples that it was easier for a camel to go thru the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.  The disciples were astonished by this statement and asked if that was the case then who could be saved.  “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)  This is a good statement for us to remember daily.  We may look at a problem we are having and think there is no way to overcome it.  With God there is always a way.

Today’s reading: Mark 9-10