Category: 2018

2018 Day 282 – Numbers 33-36

When God let the Israelites go into the promised land, He commanded them what to do about the people already living there.  “then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and destroy all their figured stones and destroy all their metal images and demolish all their high places.” (Numbers 33:52)  He knew what bad influences could do to His people.  Paul also warned the Corinthians about this same thing.  “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’” (1 Corinthians 15:33)  The Psalmist reminds us that we should not only avoid evil, but we should fill our lives with good.  “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.” (Psalms 1:1-4)

Today’s reading: Numbers 33-36

2018 Day 281 – Acts 5-6

Suffering is not something that most people enjoy, but the Apostles had occasion to feel this way when they were beaten for teaching about Jesus.  “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.” (Acts 5:41)  Peter says not only should we be prepared to suffer, we should also be prepared to explain why we are happy to do so.  “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1 Peter 3:12-15)

Today’s reading: Acts 5-6

 

2018 Day 280 – Hebrews 5-7

The Hebrew writer speaks with disappointment of those who have not grown in their knowledge of God’s word.  “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:12-14)  Diligent study of God’s word will give us everything we need to know to live a Christian life that pleases our Heavenly Father.  “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: Hebrews 5-7

2018 Day 279 – Jonah 1-5

When Jonah finally went to Nineveh and shared with them the message from God, the people repented.  “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the LORD and said, ‘O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.’” (Jonah 4:1-3)  Jonah had the opposite reaction from what God and His angels have over those who repent.  “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7)  Jesus tells us that unlike Jonah, we should desire good for all, even our enemies.  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?” (Matthew 5:43-47)

Today’s reading: Jonah 1-5

 

2018 Day 278 – Proverbs 28

Even with all of his wisdom, Solomon knew that the wisdom of God is beyond compare.  “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26)  Paul also appreciated the greatness of God’s wisdom.  “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:25)  We may not be able to have wisdom on the level that God has, but we are told how we can gain more.  “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5)

Today’s reading: Proverbs 28

 

2018 Day 277 – Psalms 117-118

There are plenty of things in this life that we could be afraid of, but the Psalmist tells us why we do not have to be afraid of any of them.  “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalms 118:6)  The Hebrew writer made a very similar statement.  “So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6)  What about you?  Can you make the same statement with confidence?

Today’s reading: Psalms 117-118

 

2018 Day 276 – 2 Chronicles 11-15

Just like in our country’s history, the nations in Bible times had both good and bad leaders.  Asa was one who reigned over Judah.  “And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:” (2 Chronicles 14:2)  We see how when nations followed God, He blessed them in whatever way that He knew they needed.  “and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, ‘Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The LORD is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.'” (2 Chronicles 15:2)  We can also be assured today that if we follow God’s word, He will reward us eternally.  “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 11-15

 

2018 Day 275 – Numbers 29-32

The people of Reuben and of Gad desired to take their land before they crossed the Jordan.  “But Moses said to the people of Gad and to the people of Reuben, ‘Shall your brothers go to the war while you sit here?'” (Numbers 32:6)  Just like was expected of them, we are to help out those who are in need.  “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)  Paul made a similar statement in his letter to the Galatians.  “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

Today’s reading: Numbers 29-32

2018 Day 274 – Acts 3-4

Monopolies are not normally a good thing, but there is a monopoly on salvation that we should all be thankful for.  “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)  We should also be thankful that the saving power was not reserved for a select few.  “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,” (Titus 2:11)

Today’s reading: Acts 3-4

 

2018 Day 273 – Hebrews 1-4

Do you ever feel like nobody understands the struggles that you are facing in this life?  There is one understands everything and is our mediator.  “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Today’s reading: Hebrews 1-4