Do you ever look at parts of God’s creation and marvel? David did, and he wondered how with the vastness of the universe God could know and care for us all. “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4) Jesus told us that God knows everything about us down to the number of hairs on our head. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31) Even though He does know all of the details of our looks, that is not what is important to Him. “But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.’” (1 Samuel 16:7)
Today’s reading: Psalms 6-8
In Joshua 11:15 we again read of Joshua following God’s plan completely. “He left nothing undone of all that the LORD had commanded Moses.” Could he have followed most of God’s commands and been ok? Could he have changed around one or two things that he wanted to do differently? What if he thought he had some ideas about how do to things that would be simpler that God’s way? Maybe he learned from what happened when Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it. (Numbers 20:10-13) God wants full obedience from us today just like he did with Joshua and Moses. Romans 2:6-8
Today’s reading: Joshua 11-15
Noah and his wife, their sons and their wives were the only people left on the earth after the flood. God had destroyed everything on the earth but these eight people and what was in the ark with them. He used water to destroy everything, but left the rainbow as a reminder that he will never destroy the earth with water again. By floating the ark, this same water is also what saved Noah and his family. We can find a comparison to this saving power of water in 1Peter 3:20-21. “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”
Today’s reading: Genesis 8-11
Do you remember the children’s song about the wise man and the foolish man who built houses and what happened when the rain and floods came? The wise man built his house upon the rock and it stood firm. The foolish man built his house upon the sand and it fell down. The thoughts for that song probably came from Matthew 7:24-27. Those who hear and follow God’s word are compared to the wise man. Those who hear but do not follow His word are compared to the foolish man. No one wants to be compared to a foolish man, do they?
Today’s reading: Matthew 5-7
Everything we have is from God. Just like Abraham, we have nothing to boast about. “For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.” (Romans 4:2) Since he was not justified by his works, was a strong faith all he needed? James 2:14-26 tells us that our faith must be accompanied by works to back it up. Talking again about Abraham, James 2:22 explains, “You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;” We should live in a way in which our works will show our active faith in the Lord.
Today’s reading: Romans 3-4
These chapters in Isaiah have some less than encouraging words but then as we read down to chapter 9 verse 6 the mood changes, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” These are great descriptions of our Savior. His government described here includes both heaven and earth. He is our everything, He is more than words can describe. He is worthy of our praise and honor.
Today’s reading: Isaiah 7-11
After Job had lost most everything, he then was suffering with sores from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head. His friends came to see him. Their intention might have been to help and encourage Job, but it did not end up that way. Eliphaz implied that Job was being paid back for some sin that he had committed. “As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.” (Job 4:8) We can read and know things that Eliphaz did not know, but he still could have done better in trying to help Job. The last thing Job needed was someone falsely accusing him of something that they had no idea about. We need to be careful when passing judgement on others. “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Matthew 7:1-5)
Today’s reading: Job 3-4
David had the best sleeping medicine known to man. In Psalms 4:8 we read “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” We can know just as David did that no matter what happens, God is in control. He gives us life on this earth, but even more wonderful is the life we can have with Him in heaven one day if we follow His word. (Psalms 3:8) “Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people!…”
Today’s reading: Psalms 3-5
In Joshua chapter 6 we read of God’s command to Joshua on how to take the city of Jericho. They were to march around the city once a day for six days. Then on the seventh day they were to march around it seven times. How would that help win a battle? It won the battle because God is in control. It won the battle because Joshua and the Israelites followed God’s plan exactly how He spelled it out to them. In Hebrews 11:30 we read that the walls fell down by faith. “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.” Let us all have faith that strong.
Today’s reading: Joshua 6-10
At times we don’t understand all the details of God’s plan. I would say Noah also had some unanswered questions as he was building a huge boat with no way to float it. Genesis 6:22 tells us “Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.” It didn’t say “Noah did the parts of God’s commands that he liked.” It says he did ALL that God commanded him. If we want to serve Him, we have to follow all of His commands not just the ones that we pick.
Today’s reading: Genesis 4-7