2018 Day 252 – 2 Timothy 3-4

Our Bibles are valuable for many reasons.  “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)  Comparison is even made to a weapon.  “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)  The Psalmist knew that the Word is also the best guide to our lives.  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalms 119:105)  To get the true value from God’s word, we have to do more than just read or hear it.  “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22)

Today’s reading: 2 Timothy 3-4

2018 Day 251 – Joel 1-3

The prophet Joel brought the words of God to the people.  “The word of the LORD that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:” (Joel 1:1)  Much of what he shared with them were words of warning.  But the book ends with God’s love for His people being shown if they will just return to Him.  “So you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall never again pass through it.” (Joel 3:17)  It is easy to see the true and living God and His love for us.  “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalms 46:10)  To “be still” here does not mean to just sit around and do nothing.  It means to trust in God and cast all of your cares on Him.  “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

Today’s reading: Joel 1-3


2018 Day 250 – Proverbs 22

No matter whether we are rich or poor, all blessings that we have are from our Heavenly Father.  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17)  “The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the Maker of them all.” (Proverbs 22:2)  The blessings that we have been given were intended to also be shared with others.  “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)  As true followers of Christ, we are to show love to our fellow man.  “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” (1 John 3:17)

Today’s reading: Proverbs 22


2018 Day 249 – Psalms 105-107

The 107th Psalm starts and ends talking about the Lord’s steadfast love.  “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalms 107:1)  “Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.” (Psalms 107:43)  In between these verses the Psalmist talks about times when God took care of His people.  As His people today, we are promised that same steadfast love and care if we are following His word.  “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26)  “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Today’s reading: Psalms 105-107


2018 Day 248 – 1 Chronicles 20-24

God’s Word records several mistakes that David made in his life.  Also recorded is evidence of his penitent heart.  “And David said to God, ‘I have sinned greatly in that I have done this thing. But now, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.’” (1 Chronicles 21:8)  He did not want everyone else to have to suffer because of his own sin.  “And David said to God, ‘Was it not I who gave command to number the people? It is I who have sinned and done great evil. But these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand, O LORD my God, be against me and against my father’s house. But do not let the plague be on your people.’” (1 Chronicles 21:17)  God has made us a promise if we also will admit our sins before Him.  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 20-24


2018 Day 247 – Numbers 13-16

Moses sent twelve men to spy out the land of Canaan.  Ten of the twelve spies were afraid of the large men that lived there.  Two of the spies had a totally different opinion.  “And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, ‘The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If the LORD delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.’” (Numbers 14:6-9)  We should have the same attitude as Joshua and Caleb.  If we are living according to God’s word, He will be with us and protect us.

Today’s reading: Numbers 13-16


2018 Day 246 – John 13-15

Jesus came to earth to serve.  “but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:7)  In His time on earth He faced struggles and temptations just like we do.  “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)  In all that He was faced with He was sinless and perfect.  He left us with something to strive to imitate.  “For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” (John 13:15)

Today’s reading: John 13-15


2018 Day 245 – 2 Timothy 1-2

There are things that each one of us fear in our lives.  In his second letter to Timothy, Paul said that with God’s guidance it does not have to be that way.  “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)  Peter also gave instruction to not fear if we are doing God’s will.  “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,” (1 Peter 3:13-14)  We can conquer anything that this life throws at us with His power.  “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

Today’s reading: 2 Timothy 1-2


2018 Day 244 – Hosea 8-14

We know that Israel did not always follow God, but He gave them every opportunity.  “O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like an evergreen cypress; from me comes your fruit.” (Hosea 14:8)  He promised to look after them if would just follow Him and He makes the same promise to us today.  “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)  This book of prophecy from Hosea ends by giving one last encouragement to study and follow God’s word.  “Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the LORD are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.” (Hosea 14:9)

Today’s reading: Hosea 8-14


2018 Day 243 – Proverbs 20-21

We all have our own opinion about things, but there is only one opinion that matters.  “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.” (Proverbs 21:2)  No matter how educated we might be, we still need help understanding how to live.  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)  The Psalmist describes how we all should feel about God’s word and it’s value in our daily walk.  “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalms 119:103-105)

Today’s reading: Proverbs 20-21