Month: May 2018

2018 Day 151 – Psalms 63-65

So often in Psalms we read words credited to David that show a humble heart.  “Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed.” (Psalms 65:1)  David made his share of mistakes, but he knew where to find the only hope of forgiveness.  “When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions.” (Psalms 65:3)  The atonement is available to us, but it requires our turning away from that sin.  “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” (Acts 3:19)  That cleansing power continues if we live our life by His pattern.  “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

Today’s reading: Psalms 63-65

2018 Day 150 – 1 Kings 1-4

After Solomon had been made king, God appeared to him in an dream and said “Ask what I shall give you.” (3:5)  Solomon did not ask for selfish things like riches or a long life.  “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” (1 Kings 3:9)  Solomon’s request pleased God so much that He gave Solomon what he had asked for and more.  “behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.  I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.” (1 Kings 3:12-13)  Solomon’s selfless attitude at this point in his life is an example to us of how to please our Heavenly Father in requests to Him.

Today’s reading: 1 Kings 1-4

 

2018 Day 149 – Exodus 33-36

Moses shared with the people words from God to build His tabernacle.  “Take from among you a contribution to the LORD. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the LORD’s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze;” (Exodus 35:5)  And the list of things for them to bring continues on in the next few verses.  Their contributions were to be done with “a generous heart” and it seems like that is just what they had.  “And they received from Moses all the contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing, and said to Moses, “The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the LORD has commanded us to do.” So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.” (Exodus 36:3-7)  Just like with the Israelites, God wants us to cheerfully give back to Him a portion of what He has blessed us with.  “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Today’s reading: Exodus 33-36

 

2018 Day 148 – Luke 7-8

Jesus told a crowd of people the parable of the sower and the four types of soil.  Later His disciples asked Him the meaning of the parable.  He explained to them that the seed was the word of God and the soils were types of people.  Which soil we are depends on how we respond to God’s word.  There is only one type of soil that we would want to be described of us and that is the last one.  “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” (Luke 8:15)  Just like with farming, even good soil requires work to keep it good.  We should daily cultivate our soil with God’s word.

Today’s reading: Luke 7-8

2018 Day 147 – 2 Corinthians 11-13

Paul endured his share of sufferings while working for the Lord.  In 2 Corinthians chapter 11 he lists some of this trials he has been thru.  Then in the following chapter we read how he stayed content no matter what kind of burden was cast on him.  “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)  In his letter to the Philippians he also shares his secret for contentment.  “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13)

Today’s reading: 2 Corinthians 11-13

 

2018 Day 146 – Lamentations 1-5

In a book with the name Lamentations, it is expected to read of much sorrow.  Jeremiah is thought to be the author of these miseries of Jerusalem.  He speaks of how drastically times have changed for the people.  “Jerusalem remembers in the days of her affliction and wandering all the precious things that were hers from days of old. When her people fell into the hand of the foe, and there was none to help her, her foes gloated over her; they mocked at her downfall.” (Lamentations 1:7)  But about half way thru his lamenting, we see a positive turn.  “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)  Some of these words may be familiar to you from song lyrics that you have been singing.  These words were penned about a time when God’s people had sinned and were suffering greatly.  But they recognized that they had to turn back to and serve Him.  “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”  The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.  It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.” (Lamentations 3:24-26)

Today’s reading: Lamentations 1-5

 

2018 Day 145 – Job 41-42

After God had challenged Job with some tough questions, we see the response.  Then Job answered the Lord and said: ‘I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.  You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.‘” (Job 42:1-3)  It took some hard questions straight from God’s own voice, but Job was completely humbled.  He realized that his knowledge was nothing compared to the knowledge of the One who created everything.  Paul told the Corinthians (and us) something very similar.  “If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.  But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.” (1 Corinthians 8:2-3)

Today’s reading: Job 41-42

 

2018 Day 144 – Psalms 60-62

We all want people in our lives who we can depend on when we have trouble.  David had his share of people who turned against him, but he knew that no matter how many times he was betrayed by a man he always had the best source of help available.  “Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. (Psalms 60:11 KJV)  The ESV translates this verse a little differently, “Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!”  Jesus also tells us about man’s saving power verses God’s saving power.  “When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”  But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Mat 19:25-26)

Today’s reading: Psalms 60-62

2018 Day 143 – 2 Samuel 20-24

In 2 Samuel chapter 22 we read a song of David praising God for His deliverance of David from his enemies.  This song is also in Psalms 18 with some slight differences.  One of the things David is thanking God for is making his walk easier.  “For you are my lamp, O LORD, and my God lightens my darkness.” (2 Samuel 22:29)  “He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.” (2 Samuel 22:34)  “You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip;” (2 Samuel 22:37)  David knew that he sometimes made mistakes and needed help daily to stay on track.  We also need help with our daily walk.  If we are looking in the right place we can find that help.  “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 20-24

 

2018 Day 142 – Exodus 29-32

After Moses had been up on the mountain for a while, the people got impatient.  They wanted Aaron to build them a god.  He obliged and built them a golden calf from jewelry that they brought to him.  We are told that Aaron told them to bring him this gold and also that he was the one who carved the calf. (vs. 2-4)  When Moses came down from the mountain and questioned his older brother about it, the story was a little different.  “And Aaron said, “Let not the anger of my lord burn hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil.  For they said to me, ‘Make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’  So I said to them, ‘Let any who have gold take it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.” (Exodus 32:22-24)  Aaron places the blame on the people for making him do it and then claims the calf just happened to come out of the fire.  This was a man who had been left in charge of the people, but gave into their desires after just a few days.  It takes strength to stand up for truth when one is in the minority, but our desire should be to please God and not the majority.  “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Col 3:23-24)

Today’s reading: Exodus 29-32