Category: 2018

2018 Day 172 – Psalms 72-74

God has promised us that everything will work together for good for everyone who loves Him. (Romans 8:28)  He does not promise us that those who love Him will have the most earthly wealth.  The Psalmist shares some thoughts in the 73rd Psalm that may be familiar to us.  “For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” (Psalms 73:3)  He continues on with the thought that following God was vanity and that he could have followed the path of the wicked and been rich.  Those thoughts change when he considers our time on this earth is very short when compared to eternity.  “Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.” (Psalms 73:20)  “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalms 73:26)  “But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” (Psalms 73:28)

Today’s reading: Psalms 72-74

 

2018 Day 171 – 1 Kings 14-18

Elijah had the power of God behind him when he challenged the prophets of Baal.  His challenge was for each to take a bull, place it with wood on an altar and let their god provide the fire.  After Baal was not able to start a fire on their altar, Elijah had his altar soaked in water before he made his request to God.  “Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.”  Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God.” (1 Kings 18:37-39)  Even though God does not work with miracles today, His awesome power is still evident in our daily lives as the One True and Living God.  “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Today’s reading: 1 Kings 14-18

2018 Day 170 – Leviticus 4-6

This section of Leviticus includes some of the details of the sacrifices that God required under the old law.  God was very specific about how he wanted these sacrifices to be done.  If done correctly it was said that the sacrifice was a “sweet savour” or some translations say “pleasing aroma” to God.  “And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat is taken away from off the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the priest shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour unto the LORD; and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him.” (Leviticus 4:31)  A much more powerful sacrifice was made for us so that thankfully we are not required to follow the old law.  That one time sacrifice had the power to remit all sins and was also said to be sweet to God.  “Therefore be followers of God, as dear children.  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given Himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Today’s reading: Leviticus 4-6

 

2018 Day 169 – Luke 13-14

Jesus was asked if only a few people would be saved.  He answered by making a comparison to a master and a door.  “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.  When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’  But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’” (Luke 13:24)  Getting thru that narrow door may not be easy, but God has given us all the opportunity if we work hard to learn and follow His commands completely.  “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Today’s reading: Luke 13-14

 

2018 Day 168 – Ezekiel 1-6

God had important information to share with His people and He spoke those words directly to Ezekiel.  “And he said to me, ‘Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.”’ (Ezekiel 2:1)  He also has important information to share with us today.  “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Today’s reading: Ezekiel 1-6

 

2018 Day 167 – Jeremiah 42-46

God is love (1 John 4:8), but that does not mean that His people are free to disobey His word.  God sent word thru Jeremiah to the Jews letting them know His displeasure with their actions.  “Yet I persistently sent to you all my servants the prophets, saying, ‘Oh, do not do this abomination that I hate!’  But they did not listen or incline their ear, to turn from their evil and make no offerings to other gods.  Therefore my wrath and my anger were poured out and kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, and they became a waste and a desolation, as at this day.” (Jeremiah 44:4-6)  The wrath of God is something to be feared, but we have opportunity to be saved from that wrath.  “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” (Romans 5:8-9)  We are all given the chance to come in contact with that saving blood of His death.  “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?” (Romans 6:3)

Today’s reading: Jeremiah 42-46

 

2018 Day 166 – Proverbs 4

Normally when we travel there is a particular destination that we are headed toward.  Without that destination to focus on, we would just be traveling aimlessly forever.  Solomon tells us how our daily walk should be focused.  “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.  Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.  Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” (Proverbs 4:25-27)  If we keep our focus on serving God and daily following His word, our final destination will be a home with Him.

Today’s reading: Proverbs 4

 

2018 Day 165 – Psalms 69-71

In the Psalms David wrote many words that showed the love and respect he had for our Heavenly Father.  He realized that God knew all and was in control of all.  “O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.” (Psalms 69:5)  Even though God knows all the mistakes we make, His love for us is still greater than we can comprehend.  “But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.” (Psalms 69:13)  He gives us all the opportunity for salvation if we will follow His word.  “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

Today’s reading: Psalms 69-71

 

2018 Day 164 – 1 Kings 10-13

In God’s word there are many instances of people being influenced negatively by those around them.  One of those is Solomon.  “Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love.” (1 Kings 11:1-2)  Even though Solomon was a very wise man, when it came to who he married he did not make wise decisions nor did he follow God’s command.  These decisions had the exact result that God said they would.  “For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.” (1 Kings 11:4)  Paul had a similar warning for the people at Corinth (and for us today).  “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

Today’s reading: 1 Kings 10-13

 

2018 Day 163 – Leviticus 1-3

Moses brought to the Israelites very specific commands from God on how they were to offer sacrifices.  “And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock.  If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.” (Leviticus 1:1-3)  The instructions continued on with many different types of sacrifices that they were to offer.  That included burnt offerings, meat offerings, peace offerings, and sin offerings.  Even if they sacrificed exactly as God commanded, there were limits to their benefits.  “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:4)  Only our Savior Jesus could be that perfect sacrifice that has power to save us from our sins.

Today’s reading: Leviticus 1-3